Fastball tops out in the 80’s, and he can be used as a pinch hitter for the $45 Couches of the world.
Comment by glassSheets — August 4, 2011 @ 11:53 am
I’m going to throw Brad Penny out there. Both have around 100 ERA+’s for their careers, both have pitched for a lot of different teams, and both are pretty fat. Also, they both made two AS games a piece. I like the comp. Brad “Livan Hernandez” Penny is a great name. Hell, Livan “Brad Penny” Hernandez is a great name too.
I might be way off here, but their careers seem to be taking a similar path.
Phase 1 – world series hero for Marlins.
Phase 2 – reach word series again w 2nd team (Livan – Giants, Beckett – Red Sox) while not quite living up to ace status.
Phase 3 – Livan = become a journeyman innings eater and settle in with last place club who gets by with guile after stuff is completely gone, Beckett = ?
Given the health issues and the fact that he is a better pitcher than Livan was it seems unlikely that Beckett’s twilight will be similar to Livan’s, but the beginnings seem to mirror each other quite well.
R.A. Dickey. Perhaps the R.A. even stands for “Really Average” He has piled up a pedestrian 6.2 WAR in more than 750 innings. To make matters worse (or more average, if you will), he was the first player mentioned in the article used to explain “replacement value pitcher” in this article: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/pitcher-win-values-explained-part-three. If that doesnt scream average, what does?
Also, with a last name like Dickey, I’m sure he makes love like a godhead even if it is really average.
In honor of the late Hideki Irabu, I nominate The Fat Pussy Toad. Obviously, he is not active here on our planet, but he must be causing George Steinbrenner to reach for his wallet in the after life every time The Boss hears the name “I Rob U”.
The thing that strikes me about Hernandez is not just his lack of velocity, but the fact that he always shows up and gives you 33 starts and 200+ innings, and has somehow never been injured. For like 14 years in a row.
During his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was determined that Correia was in fact “The Drizzle”, a ficticious character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000). This lead to many fans coming to PNC Park for Correia’s home starts wearing shirts that read “Who Is The Drizzle?”.