Keith Hernandez Still Cashing ‘Seinfeld’ Checks

Keith Hernandez
Keith Hernandez. Photo credit: JIMI CELESTE/

Do you recall the episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry receives hundreds of 21-cent royalty checks for one appearance on Japanese television? Individually, the checks are tiny and hardly worth the effort of signing and cashing them. But those almost-quarters really add up, as Mets legend and Sag Harbor resident Keith Hernandez recently revealed.

Back in 1992, Hernandez appeared in the two-part Seinfeld episode “The Boyfriend.” He played himself, dating Elaine, which made Jerry jealous. The two-parter was so memorable that Hernandez returned for Seinfeld‘s epic finale in 1998.

Hernandez told that he gets a royalty check about every month. He used to receive $1,000 every time his episode aired, he said. “It diminishes as the years go by. So it gives me around $3,000 per year. I’ll take it. For doing nothing. So you can imagine what Jerry [Seinfeld] gets. The principal actors, what they get.”


The former Mets first basemen is now a Mets television announcer. In 2013, Jerry Seinfeld joined him in the booth to help announce a game and crack wise.

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