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Chuck Hernandez #55

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Full Name:
Chuck Hernandez
Uniform #:
55

COACHING CAREER
• Chuck Hernandez returns for his second season as Miami's pitching coach. Returned to Major League coaching ranks in 2012 after spending previous two seasons as assistant coach at the University of South Florida.
• In first season as pitching coach, Marlins' starting pitchers lowered ERA from 4.12 in 2012 to 3.87. Last season's ERA by starters marked the fourth-lowest in franchise history. As a team, Miami's pitching staff recorded the lowest ERA in club annals with a 3.71 mark.
• His last professional coaching assignment was with Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2010, helping lead the club to GCL Championship with a 3.44 team ERA.
• In 2009, served as bullpen coach for Cleveland Indians under then-manager Eric Wedge.
• From 2006-2008, held title of pitching coach for Detroit Tigers. In first season with Tigers, lowered team ERA from 4.51 in 2005 to 3.84. Guided pitching staff that consisted of American League Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander, Kenny Rogers, Jeremy Bonderman and Fernando Rodney to American League pennant and World Series appearance against St. Louis.
• Led Tampa Bay Devil Rays' pitching staff for 2004 and '05 seasons, and from 1997-2003 was a coach in Rays' Minor League system.
• Spent 11 seasons (1986-96) as Major and Minor League coach with California Angels, serving time with Class A Palm Springs (1986), Double-A Midland (1987) and Triple-A Edmonton (1988-90). Also, served as roving pitching instructor in 1991.
• Joined Angels' Major League staff in 1992, following an accident involving team bus that injured several members of coaching staff. Remained on Major League staff through 1996 season. At 31 years old, was one of youngest pitching coaches ever.
• Began Minor League coaching career in 1985 with Gulf Coast White Sox.

PLAYING CAREER
• Drafted by Oakland A's in 28th round of 1978 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign.
• Following one season at Hillsborough Community College (FL), was drafted in first round by New York Yankees (25th overall) and spent 4 1/2 years in Yankees system.
• Released midseason 1983 and signed by White Sox, helping Appleton Foxes win Midwest League Class A championship that season.
• Playing career ended after suffering a broken arm while pitching in an Instructional League game for White Sox at Sarasota's Payne Park in 1983.

PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS
Carlo Amado Hernandez...he and wife Donna have two sons, CJ and Cody...attended Tampa Catholic High School, where he played football, basketball and was an All-State pitcher...is brother-in-law of Nardi Contreras, former Major League pitching coach for Yankees, Mariners and White Sox...also brother-in-law to former Major League pitcher Rich Monteleone.

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