Happy Reds birthday, Ramon Hernandez!
May 20, 1976
This was probably pointed out at the time, but there is a very confusing statement made on the back of Ramon Hernandez’s 2009 Topps card: “In Ramon’s case, patience has paid off. Five years after the Reds signed him as a Minor League free agent, he led their 2008 system in strikeouts and made his MLB debut.” But Hernandez had been playing in the big leagues since 1999 when he debuted with Oakland, and leading a team in strikeouts isn’t considered a good thing for a catcher. The mystery is solved by examining “The Six Degrees of Mantle” at the top of the card: “Ramon Ramirez plays with Homer Bailey…” Whoever wrote the copy for Hernandez’s card thought they were writing for Ramon Ramirez.