Search Google and social media and try for a kind word about Angel Hernandez. If you find one, please email me. I don’t expect a flood of emails anytime soon.

Hernandez’ history as a Major League Baseball umpire is dominated by …

Hernandez was back in the hot seat Monday night when three of four challenged calls he made were overturned, triggering another wave of attacks on his performance.

This isn’t a isolated incident. Last year, Hernandez threw out then Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (now a member of the Red Sox) after arguing a called third strike. After the game, Kinsler said:

“This has to do with changing the game. He’s changing the game. He needs to find another job. He really does. I’m not mad at him. He just needs to go away.”


Which takes us right up to first pitch of Game 4 at Yankee Stadium tonight where Angel Hernandez will be front-and-center again, behind home plate calling ball and strikes. How? How do you let an employee who has failed consistently over a long period of time, who is filing a lawsuit against his employer, work in a pivotal game of the postseason?

What say ye’ Commissioner Manfred?

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