Blue Jays’ Teoscar Hernandez may get a World Series ring

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 25: Manager A.J. Hinch
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 25: Manager A.J. Hinch /

With the Houston Astros being crowned as the World Series winners on Wednesday night, the Blue Jays’ Teoscar Hernandez could end up with a World Series ring.

The 2017 season is finally over, and the Houston Astros are this year’s World Series champions. it was an incredible series between them and the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Astros prevailed with a 5-1 win in the deciding game.

It’s the first World Seriers championship for the Astros organization, and it comes in a year that the city of Houston could use a boost following their hurricane relief efforts. As I start on Twitter last night, even if you’re not an Astros fan, you can’t help but be happy for the city, and for several of the likeable characters on the roster, such as Carlos Beltran, who gets his first ring as a 40 year old.

Speaking of World Series rings, former Blue Jay Francisco Liriano will get some new hardware in the coming months, and it’s possible a current Blue Jay might as well. Teoscar Hernandez made one appearance for the Astros in 2017, and didn’t even register an at bat. That doesn’t necessarily matter though, and it’ll be up to the Astros if they choose to reward him with one or not.

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In many cases, if you’ve made an appearance in a big league game at all, that’ll earn you a new piece of jewelry. Dan Uggla was given a World Series ring by the San Francisco Giants in 2014 despite having just 11 at bats, and Brayan Villarreal once received a ring for walking a single batter on four pitches for the Red Sox in 2013.

Hernandez was traded to the Blue Jays alongside Nori Aoki in exchange for Francisco Liriano, who appeared out of the bullpen for the Astros in the deciding game. While with the Astros organization, he spent all but 1.1 innings in Triple A, but did make that lone appearance at the highest level before the trade. It’ll be up to the Astros if they feel that’s deserving of a piece of World Series jewelry.

If he does end up getting that hardware, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to have around to motivation the 2018 version of the Blue Jays. The bulk of the roster was there for ALCS defeats in 2015 and 2016, and should be hungry to get back to that stage and beyond, and to prove that 2017 was a comedy or errors.

As things currently stand, there are no Blue Jays with World Series rings in their collections, so Hernandez could be the first if the Astros include him in their celebration. Either way, it’s motivation for the Blue Jays to try and get their own. It would be a shame if the only ring Hernandez ever got was for playing 1.1 defensive innings in right field.

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