Cesar Hernandez Played Nearly Half of the Season With a Broken Foot

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With Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings underway, the hot stove has been heating up. While Phillies fans are waiting with baited breath for news of a Manny Machado or Bryce Harper signing, some interesting news broke today. Apparently second baseman César Hernández played an extended portion of last season – perhaps the entire second half of the 2018 season – with a broken foot.

A broken foot could absolutely explain the difference in Hernández’s first and second half splits:

While César’s home run and RBI totals were virtually identical, the drastic decline in doubles and triples was staggering. Assuming the injury happened about halfway through the season, you have to give props to Hernández for sticking it out and only missing one game. I am a bit surprised that Gabe Kapler and his sports science folks were in line with playing a guy while he was clearly injured, especially when Scott Kingery – who had his fair share of struggles – only started 37 of the 56 games he played in during the second half of the season. Perhaps this injury could/should have paved the way for Kingery to take over at second base, the position which he moved up through the Phillies’ minor league system playing. Doing so could have allowed him to focus on his task at the plate.

For those hoping a spot could be opened up for Kingery via a trade, don’t hold your breath:

My question remains the same as it did last season: If you know what you’re getting with Hernández, why not roll the dice on Kingery starting the season at second with César serving as the super utility guy? If Kingery doesn’t earn the spot in spring training, go back to your trusted vet. It’s still early in the off-season and there’s still plenty to be done.

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11 Responses

  1. Exactly. We know what Cesar is. An average on his best day second baseman that is a dime a dozen. We don’t what Kingery is (and don’t give me last year – the Phillies screwed him by bringing him up and forcing to play a position he hardly ever played in the minors). Enough of Cesar – START KINGERY AT 2B

    1. Phils fans want new players they’ve have had it with Cesar,Franco,Herrera etc etc. No one goes to the games and they aren’t buying season tix to see the same bad team again next year.

      Organization is trash from the top down.

      1. So if they start Kingery at second base the fans will come to the stadium in droves? I don’t think so, he’s not a big star and most likely never will be.

  2. This is why we suck all the time. Horrible management.

    Hernandez is and always has been a utility player. If he is starting every day your team is going to be bottom division, exactly what Phils have been the past 5 years with Cesar Hernandez.

    So they want trade him? Why did they offer him arbitration? Why not just let him go and trade for a 2b or sign a free agent. Now you have to keep Cesar Hernandez and pay him $9 M that he’s going to get in arbitration. Phils management is terrible. Bunch of nitwits running this team.

    1. I don’t know jerkoff but here you are reading about Hernández rumors in the middle of football season and writing stupid comments. Fuck off!

      1. Baseball has become completely feminized. Ever since the little nerdy baseball writers started their crusade against ped’s and toxic masculinity. They won. Now all we have is little Central Americans and skinny upper class nerds. Real men play and watch football, boxing, hockey, mma. That’s it.

  3. The reason Cesar played was to keep Kingery from taking his spot. Being in first place at mid year, Gabe rolled the dice with Cesar at 60% vs Kingery at 100%.

  4. Phillies and the Flyers …both would make awful parents …just can’t handle watching growing pains. Hernandez is like the flyers goalies, average and underwhelming at best …

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