May 24, 1967 |
San Félix, Venezuela
|April 20, 1990 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2000 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||141|
Carlos Alberto Hernández Almeida [er-NAN-dez] (born May 24, 1967 in San Félix, Venezuela) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1990–1996), San Diego Padres (1997–2000) and St. Louis Cardinals (2000).
Signed by the Dodgers as a free agent in 1984, Hernández became the second Venezuelan catcher in MLB history, following Bo Díaz. He made his major league debut in the 1990 season, basically as a backup for Mike Scioscia. A high skilled defensive player, Hernández spent his Dodgers career as mainly a back-up catcher to Scioscia and Mike Piazza, appearing in 230 games, including 133 starts. He signed as a free agent with San Diego and later was traded to the Cardinals.
In his first full major league season as a regular catcher for the Padres, Hernández batted .262, with 9 home runs and 52 runs batted in in 129 games played. In 22 postseason games, he hit .299 (20-67) with one homer and two RBI.
Hernández started his career as a manager with the Toros de Tijuana in the Mexican League for the 2004 season. He then returned to the San Diego Padres organization as a catching coordinator from 2005 to 2007. He also managed the Leones de Caracas from the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League from 2006 to 2008.
Hernández owned 'Caribbean Flavor', a Venezuelan restaurant in the San Diego suburb of Poway, but the restaurant closed in 2011.
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