The New York Mets announced their plan to retire Keith Hernandez’ No. 17 this summer.
The celebration is scheduled for July 9 at Citi Field.
“I don’t think ‘bewilderment’ is the right term, but I do feel like I’m lost in space that it happened to me,” said Hernandez. “An honor like this is something that I never dreamed of. You dream of being on a world championship team. You dream of being a batting champion or an MVP. The thought of having a number retired, I can tell you, never crossed my mind.”
Hernandez played seven seasons for the Mets (1983-1989), compiling a .297 batting average. During his Mets tenure, Hernandez won five Gold Glove Awards and was selected to three National League All Star teams.
Hernandez, who now serves as an analyst for SNY, was a member of the 1986 World Series Championship team and the 1988 National League Eastern Division champs. Hernandez was selected team captain in 1987 by then Mets manager Davey Johnson, a first in franchise history.
Keith Hernandez is a member of the MetsRewind Hall of Fame. He received 86.2% of the vote, the most on anyone on the Fall 2019 ballot.
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New York Post
Hernandez’s 17 will join 14, 31, 36, 37 and 41. Surely David Wright’s No. 5 won’t be far behind. The Seaver statue is coming. Old-Timers’ Day is back. The Mets turn 60 years on April 11. The New Breed is now the old guard.
New York Daily News
At long last, it’s finally happened. As the Mets celebrate their 60th anniversary during the 2022 season, they’ll have Keith Hernandez’s jersey on display next to the other pillars of the franchise, right where it should have been years ago.
In July, he will have his number 17 retired by the Mets after having been in their Hall of Fame since 1997. He was also named to the St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Fame last year. But there is one thing missing – a plaque in Cooperstown.
New York Times
The Mets and their owner, Steven Cohen, did not wait for a committee to validate Hernandez’s legacy. They understand — finally — that they are stewards of their past, and Hernandez is vital to their story.
Few baseball players have managed not only to maintain their popularity over the decades, but to grow it the way Keith Hernandez has. Multiple generations have come to adore him in his prime to the millions who knew him first as a broadcaster.