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Dodgers Players Helped Convince Kiké Hernandez to Play for the Red Sox

A few of the former Red Sox on the squad helped Kiké make up his mind.



The Dodgers will have to adjust to life without Kiké Hernandez in the lineup every day. The super utilityman signed a 2-year deal with the Red Sox this season-ending a 6-year run with Los Angeles. 

Hernandez came over in the trade from the Marlins that sent Dan Haren and Dee Gordon to Miami. Since that time, he totaled 648 games and almost 1800 at-bats with the Dodgers, as well as making appearances in 58 playoff games.

The decision to go to Boston was actually an easy one for Kiké. The Dodgers may not have had room for him, but the Red Sox certainly did. Hernandez will get the opportunity to start on a daily basis and hopefully stick with a consistent position. 

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According to Hernandez, several Dodgers players helped him make his decision to sign with Boston. A few former Red Sox players on the team even gave their opinions of current Boston manager Alex Cora. Kiké was sold from that point on. 

It made my decision a lot easier to come in and have the opportunity to play for Alex [Cora]. I’ve talked to Joe [Kelly)], Mookie, and [David Price], and they all preach about Alex and what he brings to the table as a manager and how good of a communicator he is. I’m just really, really excited to be able to play for a Puerto Rican manager.

Going to play for a guy from your home country should usually be an easy decision. But since Hernandez was a part of the 2017 World Series team that was cheated by the Astros, you can understand why Kiké would be hesitant. But regardless, he ends up with a full-time job, and we’re happy for him. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I’m not seeing a cheater like Cora as being a positive selling point. But I hope Kike does well, and has a n opportunity to play full-time.

  2. Cora is a disgrace and a terrible human being. He helped cheat the organization that drafted him and gave him a shot in back to back seasons.

  3. Turner is waiting to see if Bauer comes. Dodgers sign Bauer and Turner is in for 2 years; no Bauer, he will demand the 4 year deal he originally sought.

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