This Should Be Fun!
After spending his entire career in the Senior Circuit, Livan Hernandez is coming to the American League. Hernandez, the wrongful winner of the 1997 World Series MVP (f@*king J**e M**a!), signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.
Thanks to the miracle of interleague play, Hernandez is no stranger to AL hitters. In over 1100 plate appearances against him, AL hitters have hit .306/.373/.468 – essentially turning each into the 2006-2007 version of Mike Lowell.
A fly-ball pitcher in recent seasons, Hernandez will be helped by the move from hitter-friendly Chase Field to the inaccurately-nicknamed “Homerdome” but he shouldn’t expect more help from the Twins outfield defense. Torii Hunter is gone and the Twins have publicly floated the idea of playing Michael Cuddyer in CF this season.
David Dellucci, Jason Michaels and Jamey Carroll are the only current Indians to have faced Hernandez, compiling a .360/.429/.480 line in 28 PA. With 18 games against the Twins this year, the Tribe should have ample opportunity to introduce themselves.