We had a little debate on these pages a few weeks back about whether Whitey Herzog was smart to basically give away Keith Hernandez to get him out of the Cardinals clubhouse.
The popular Hernandez was shipped off to the Mets -- without explanation at the time -- for a couple of players who, shall we say, had less than stellar St. Louis careers. Meanwhile Keith Hernandez was a Gold Glove winning, MVP splitting star.
Well, chalk one up for Whitey. It seems that in 1985, because of his involvment in baseball's cocaine investigation, that one of his teammates tried to hire a hitman to break both of his arms.
Bernie Carbo, who was ratted out to investigators by Hernandez long before Newman ever mocked him by sarcastically saying "Nice game, pretty boy" was only swayed against the hit when the proposed arm breaker refused to do the job because he knew Carbo was the obvious culprit. Carbo played with the Cardinals in 1979 and a few weeks in 1980 before being released and sinishing his career in Pittsburgh. Carbo said he is the one who introduced Hernanzez to cocaine, which would seem to indicate Hernandez was using during the Cardinals 1982 World Series run... And possibly in 1979 when Hernandez won the NL Co-MVP Award with the Pirates' Willie Stargell.
"I knew some people, and I had $2,000, and I asked them to break his arms," Carbo told ESPN's "Outside the Lines," in an interview that aired Sunday.
"When I went to an individual to have it done, he said, 'We'll do it in two or three years if you want it done, but we're not going to do it today, Bernie. If we went and broke his legs today, or broke his arms, you don't think they would understand that you are the one that had it done?'
Click here to read about the ESPN interview on AOL's Fanhouse.