Roberto Hernandez

Roberto HernandezOf the closers in what might be called the Post-Eckersley Era, Hernandez and Mariano Rivera were called on the most to get more than three outs. Hernandez did so 187 times, quite often under Gene Lamont. Later, in Tampa Bay and Kansas City, Hernandez was used more like Trevor Hoffman and other three out closers. Hernandez ranks in ERA+ for relievers with 1,000 innings or more, but he was overshadowed by Rivera. Regardless, he was the second-best closer in the AL in the 1990s. Late in his career when he was used as a setup man, Hernandez was quite effective, especially in 2005-2006 with the Mets and Pirates.