Dominican player Anderson Hernández made public his decision to retire from professional baseball, after a 16-year career
The infielder Anderson Hernandez, one of the biggest stars of the last twenty years in winter baseball in the Dominican Republic has made the formal announcement of retirement after 16 seasons.
After postponing the retirement event in 2020, due to the absence of fans in the stadiums as a result of the advance of COVID-19. Taking advantage of the first visit of the Águilas Cibaeñas to the Quisqueya Stadium, “El Menor” will say goodbye to all the fans of the Tigres del Licey.
This decision was shared by the player through his Instagram account with a message posted on his “stories.” Likewise, it was corroborated to ESPN by a source of full credit and by Tigres del Licey, who posted a message celebrating his career and his time on the team.
Anderson Hernández, an icon of our organization’s recent history, retires from professional baseball.
“El Menor” left the soul on the ground with the shirt 💙 representing the #5 letters of the Licey.
– Tigres del Licey (@TigresdelLicey) August 28, 2020
Hernandez was a member of Tigres del Licey for fifteen years and was part of one of the most remembered pairs of the Dominican winter tournament, together with Erick aybar, “The Minors”. Additionally, he was an extremely prolific player from the beginning, winning the Rookie of the Year award for the 2005-06 season.
He also set the regular season doubles record of LIDOMAfter 20 of his 77 hits in the 2008-09 tournament were from two bases. That same year he was the leader in hits, runs scored (41) and for several more years he achieved important leads in at-bats, games played, plate appearances. However, the two most important accolades of his career came in the 2005-06 and 2008-09 seasons, when he was voted MVP of both finals.
In total, he played 711 games (regular series and postseason) together with Tigres del Licey and Eastern Stars, where he sold out 2,566 at-bats and had 710 hits, for a .277 career average. He accompanied that statistic with a .334 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .362 slugging percentage (SLG), good for an .696 OPS. He towed a total of 252 runs and scored 341 times.
Anderson Hernandez He also played for six seasons in the Big leagues, playing a total of 240 games with four teams. Similarly, he was a popular figure in international leagues, participating in tournaments in the Japanese and Mexican leagues. In the latter, the Dominican was a prolific hitter, since in four seasons he had a .297 average, with an OPS of .791, shot 18 home runs and drove in 142 runs, as a member of Owls of the Two Laredos, Olmecs of Tabasco, Laguna Jeans and Pirates of Campeche.