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Livan Hernandez is auctioning off his World Series ring and MVP

Dec 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Livan Hernandez AP

Livan Hernandez earned more than $50 million during his 17-season career, including a million bucks as recently as 2012, but now he’s selling his stuff.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Hernandez is auctioning off his championship ring and MVP award from the 1997 World Series with the Marlins, both with $5,000 reserve bids.

Among the other items Hernandez is selling off are his NL championship ring from 2002 with the Giants and his 2004 silver slugger award. No word yet on whether the golf club he made headlines with in 2003 will be available as well.

  1. davidbrentfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM


    • fanofevilempire - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      why, maybe the man is tired of dusting that hardware every other day.
      you don’t keep your wife if you get a divorce, you put her bags by the curb.
      same thing here.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Maybe I’m missing something here, but I don’t see reported what his reasons might be for selling this stuff. Maybe from other sources, some of you know whether he’s blown all his millions, or was somehow ripped off, or what, which would be sad to me. I have no idea, so without more info, I’ll withhold any kind of judgment about him or his motives, not that we’re in any position to judge him in the first place.

      • rpearlston - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        My first thought was “did he eat his way through $50M?

      • nesuperfan - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        @rpearlston, Make that $29M. Uncle Sam took at least 42%. :) Still a lot though.

      • cjmar2k - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        My take is that a lot of professional sports players who are not sexy, savvy and sensible do not have a follow up gig when they leave their sport. I believe MLB teams take on the youngest players who have no, or not much formal education and when the sports machine stops cranking out that crisp money they have no income source if, of course , they did not invest. I don’t know what age you must be to collect your pension from the sport in which you played, but I doubt it is in your 40’s.

  2. lingerie00yardsale - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Cheeseburgers are a helluva drug.

  3. RoyHobbs39 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    It is a solid ring. It takes up plenty of space and does its job. It won’t dazzle you with flash and pizazz, but it takes up space and leaves your other fingers free to spend millions of dollars on them.

  4. stephenolszewski - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    It’s a shame that athletes play all those years and go through all the games that they do and sell their championship rings and stuff like that. Those are things id like to look back in my career and cherish and eventually pass down but some people just don’t care I guess

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      why do you need things to cherish your career, are you losing your memory?

    • rpearlston - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      If an athlete (or entertainer) sells their career memorabilia, it’s generally because they’re in need of money. Curt Schilling did the same thing not that long ago, because the company he founded went belly up.

  5. themuddychicken - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Looks like he’s also selling off the baseball used for the first pitch in Nationals history on opening day 2005. That’s kind of interesting.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      he can sell his balls if he likes.

      • rpearlston - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        True. But why was that ball not thrown out of play and sent to Cooperstown? That’s the norm for franchise and stadium first pitches.

  6. Carl Hancock - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I don’t know about Livan but I know other players in the past have auctioned off items that fans might think should never be sold in order to put the money in a trust for their family. They lived the moment so the actual ring may not seem as priceless to him as it does a fan. Then again, some players auction stuff when they are broke. As with the comment above, we don’t know the situation. There are legitimate reasons for a layer to cash in on their memorabilia from their playing days.

  7. RoyHobbs39 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Look at his Innings Pitched per year. Maybe his arms is about to fall off and he does not need the extra weight of the ring.

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