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Former MLB pitcher Livan Hernandez files for bankruptcy

October 13 2016: Former Nationals ace Livan Hernandez throws out the ceremonial first pitch during game 5 of the NLDS at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3. to win the series. (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire)
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Former MLB right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez has filed for bankruptcy, according to Jose Lambiet of The Miami Herald.

Documents showed that Hernandez owed in the neighborhood of $1 million to as many as 50 creditors, a list that includes credit card companies such as Capital One, Chase and Bank of America.

In addition, Hernandez owes back taxes to the IRS and a judgment to a businessman who lent Hernandez $220,000 but hasn’t been paid back since providing the loan in 2013.

Hernandez, now 42 years old, enjoyed a 17-year major-league career that included a World Series championship with the Florida Marlins back in 1997. Hernandez was named World Series MVP that year.

The Cuban broke into the majors in 1996.

He spent the first three-and-a-half years of his career with the Marlins before being traded to the San Francisco Giants in 1999.

Then, in 2003, he was dealt to the Montreal Expos (who would become the Washington Nationals in 2005) where he enjoyed the most productive regular-season run of his MLB tenure.

After pitching to the tune of a 3.20 ERA during his first season with the Expos, he proceeded to make back-to-back All-Star teams in 2004 and 2005.

Known for his rubber arm, he led the majors in innings pitched for three straight seasons from 2003 through 2005.

Overall, Hernandez pitched for nine major-league teams.

His career ended in 2012, when he went 4-1 with a 6.42 ERA in 44 appearances out of the bullpen for the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hernandez owns a lifetime record of 178-177 over 519 outings and 474 starts. He tallied a career ERA of 4.44.

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