Ex-pitcher Her­nan­dez files for bank­ruptcy

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - SCOTT ALLEN

Li­van Her­nan­dez, who spent five of his 17 big-league baseball sea­sons with the Washington Na­tion­als and threw the first pitch in team his­tory af­ter the Ex­pos fran­chise re­lo­cated from Mon­treal in 2005, filed for bank­ruptcy in fed­eral court in South Florida last month.

The news was first re­ported by the Mi­ami Her­ald, which notes the 42-year-old Her­nan­dez’s pa­per­work in­di­cates he owes up to $1 mil­lion to as many as 50 cred­i­tors.

Her­nan­dez, who last pitched for the Brew­ers in 2012 and made $53 mil­lion dur­ing his ca­reer, es­ti­mated his as­sets are worth no more than $50,000. He filed for Chap­ter 13 bank­ruptcy, which al­lows him to come up with a plan to re­pay his debts in three to five years. When Her­nan­dez re­turned to Mi­ami in April for the 20-year cel­e­bra­tion of the Florida Mar­lins’ 1997 World Se­ries cham­pi­onship, the Her­ald re­ported that he owed child sup­port to the mother of a girl he fa­thered in 2003 and $220,000 to a lo­cal busi­nessper­son who lent him the money in ’13.

Her­nan­dez signed a $4.5-mil­lion con­tract with the Mar­lins af­ter flee­ing Cuba in 1995.

The right-han­der won World Se­ries MVP honours while lead­ing Florida to its first cham­pi­onship dur­ing his rookie sea­son in 1997. Her­nan­dez was traded to the Gi­ants in 1999 and from the Gi­ants to the Ex­pos be­fore the 2003 sea­son. He made 35 starts for the Na­tion­als in their in­au­gu­ral sea­son.

Her­nan­dez was traded to the Di­a­mond­backs in Au­gust 2006 and bounced around the league over the next three years.

In ’10, the Na­tion­als signed Her­nan­dez to a mi­nor-league con­tract that called for him to make $900,000.

At 35 years old, Her­nan­dez pro­ceeded to have one of the best years of his ca­reer. Dur­ing the mid­dle of that sea­son, Her­nan­dez ap­proached Na­tion­als Gen­eral Man­ager Mike Rizzo in a ho­tel lobby and handed him a slip of pa­per with “$1 mil­lion” writ­ten on it. “I play for this,” Her­nan­dez re­port­edly said. Rizzo agreed.

Li­van Her­nan­dez

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