If you’re a sports fan, you probably know Keith Hernandez from his days as a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets in the 1970s and 80s, or as a current member of the Mets’ broadcast team. If you’re not a sports fan, you may still recognize him from his guest appearances on Seinfeld in the 1990s or as a current spokesman for Just For Men, a product for coloring gray facial hair.

I’m Keith Hernandez is Hernandez’s fourth book, but unlike the other’s, this one focuses on the early years of his career as he progressed through the Cardinals’ minor league system and his struggle to prove himself in the major leagues. After he went to the Mets, Hernandez always struck me as egotistical and self-centered, so I wasn’t expecting to like this book very much. However, in revisiting those early years of his career, he took advantage of the opportunity to express his gratitude to many of the teammates, coaches, managers, and executives who helped him along the way to stardom.

I gave I’m Keith Hernandez four stars on Goodreads – I would have given five stars if it were all about his early career, but there was quite a bit of present-day material about working on the Mets’ television broadcasts that I didn’t enjoy as much. I recommend it to baseball fans in general, and especially for those who followed the game during Hernandez’s playing career.

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