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Ramon Hernandez
Full Name: Ramon Jose Hernandez
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-0 Weight: 203 lbs.
Born: May 20, 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela
College: ?
Major League Debut: June 29, 1999
Died:

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CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
  BATTING
Year Team Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
1999 OAK .279 40 136 13 38 7 0 3 21 18 11 .363 .397 .760
2000 OAK .241 143 419 52 101 19 0 14 62 38 64 .311 .387 .698
2001 OAK .254 136 453 55 115 25 0 15 60 37 68 .316 .408 .724
2002 OAK .233 136 403 51 94 20 0 7 42 43 64 .313 .335 .648
2003 OAK .273 140 483 70 132 24 1 21 78 33 79 .331 .458 .789
  AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
Totals .253 595 1894 241 480 95 1 60 263 169 286 .322 .400 .721


  BATTING BASERUNNING MISC
Year Team HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1999 OAK 1 5 54 0 1 2 1 0 1.000 45.3 12.4
2000 OAK 7 14 162 1 10 5 1 0 1.000 29.9 6.5
2001 OAK 6 10 185 3 9 4 1 1 .500 30.2 6.7
2002 OAK 5 11 135 1 3 3 0 0 .000 57.6 6.3
2003 OAK 12 14 221 2 2 6 0 0 .000 23.0 6.1
  HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
Totals 31 54 757 7 25 20 3 1 .750 31.6 6.6



CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
Year Team POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT RF ZR
1999 OAK C 40 3 274 19 6 4 .980 7.730 .667
2000 OAK C 142 9 764 43 13 7 .984 6.830 .778
2001 OAK C 135 15 908 69 11 15 .989 7.770 1.000
2001 OAK 1B 2 0 4 0 1 0 .800 9.000 .000
2001 Total   137 15 912 69 12 15 .988 7.770 1.000
2002 OAK C 135 11 788 58 7 12 .992 6.920 .909
2003 OAK C 139 16 864 53 8 10 .991 7.040 1.000
  G Ch PO A E DP FPCT RF ZR
Totals 593 54 3602 242 46 48 .988 7.190 .926


After inheriting Oakland's starting catcher's job from the disappointing A.J. Hinch in 1999, Hernandez committed a league-high 13 errors in 2000. (Adding to his woes, he threw out just 19 of 87 baserunners that season.) But unlike Hinch, a solid defender with a light bat, Hernandez could hit for power. The Venezuelan swatted 14 homers in his first full season with the team, even though his batting average lingered at .241.

The Athletics have watched Ramon grow in tandem with their young pitching staff. His 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 2001 were third-most among American League catchers. Ramon hit .254 and established career highs in homers, runs scored (55), hits (115) and doubles (25). He led the Athletics and tied for fifth in the AL with nine sacrifice hits after topping the club with 10 in 2000.

A good run producer, Ramon set an Oakland record by catching 142 games in 2000, one more than Ray Fosse did in 1973. Ramon made 118 starts and displayed great improvement in his ability to handle pitchers and call a game. After getting off to a rough start with the bat, he hit .283 (32 for 113) over his final 37 games to finish the year at .241. Ramon also contributed 14 home runs, 19 doubles and 62 RBI and hit .500 (4 for 8) with the bases loaded.

A line-drive hitter, Ramon is developing good power at the major-league level. His steady progress enabled Oakland to trade fellow catcher A.J. Hinch to the Kansas City Royals following the 2000 season. Ramon began 1999 with Vancouver (AAA), but made an immediate impact in Oakland after being recalled in late June. He recorded three straight multiple-hit games to begin his big-league career and finished the season at .279, with three homers and 21 RBI, in 40 games.