The New York Mets are going to honor Keith Hernandez this season.
The team announced on Tuesday that it will retire the legendary first baseman’s No. 17 on Saturday, July 9 prior to its game against the Miami Marlins.
Hernandez, who spent seven of his 17 seasons with the Mets — winning a World Series and six Gold Glove awards — will become the fourth player in franchise history to have his number retired. He joins Mike Piazza, Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman. Managers Gil Hodges and Casey Stengel also have their numbers retired.
“I’m thrilled,” Hernandez, who works as a broadcaster for SNY, said in a statement. “This is truly a special honor that lasts beyond a lifetime. I can’t thank Steve and Alex Cohen and the Mets Hall of Fame Committee enough. I was very emotional when Steve called to let me know about the number retirement. This is the highest honor an organization can bestow upon a player. I also want to thank Mets fans, who have treated me like family since I arrived in 1983.”
Hernandez, who was the first captains in Mets history, was elected into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1997. He was a five-time All-Star with the Mets, and ranks second in franchise history in batting average (.297), fourth in on-base percentage (.387) and 10th in RBI (468).