Gonzalez listening, learning from Hernandez

As he prepares for his new job as Pirates closer, Mike Gonzalez is absorbing all he can from veteran teammate Roberto Hernandez.

Originally Published: March 31, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The classy veterans, the ones with a long-term viewpoint, always place the team ahead of individual interests. Just ask Jorge Posada.

Nine years ago, when Posada was about to break through with the New York Yankees, incumbent catcher Joe Girardi could have made his life difficult by initiating a turf war. But Girardi acted like a pro and did everything possible to ease the kid's transition.

Roberto Hernandez can relate. In the summer of 1992 Hernandez was a promising ...

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