Angel Hernandez the auful umpire
who screwed over the Cubs on August 7, 2001.

Why he sucks:

August 7, 2001
The Cubs' chaotic evening started in the sixth. The Cubs thought they had tied the score 2-2 in the sixth when Ron Coomer slid home on a wild pitch. But home plate umpire Angel Hernandez ruled Coomer was out.

"I was safe," said Coomer. "[Pitcher Denny Neagle] tried to block the plate, and I pushed him away."

The crowd of 40,266 booed until former Bears defensive tackle and pro wrestler Steve "Mongo"McMichael grabbed the microphone in the seventh inning. "Don't worry about that call at the plate. Mongo will talk to the ump after the game," McMichael said before singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

The message incited the crowd and infuriated Hernandez, who ejected McMichael.

I'll stick more stuff up here on Angel Hernandez and the Cubs. But check out these other blunders by this young umpire.
May 25, 2001
Even after a late-inning rally and a night of sleep, Manuel was still equally adamant that home plate umpire Angel Hernandez was wrong to overturn a home run by Wil Cordero, which led to Manuel's ejection.

Cordero hit a towering fly ball down the left-field line that third base umpire Marvin Hudson ruled a home run. After Cordero completed his trot and returned to the dugout, Hernandez changed it to a foul ball.

"I asked him, 'Are you 100 percent sure?' '' Manuel said yesterday, getting emotional again. "He said, 'I'm 100 percent sure.' Then I said, 'Well, I'm 100 percent sure you'll watch the video and see it was a home run.' ''

October 12, 2000
"You can't have the umpire changing the strike zone in the eighth inning," Rhodes said. "I threw some good pitches, and I didn't get the calls."

Rhodes wasn't alone in that assessment. Catcher Dan Wilson, who offered a mocking laugh when the subject of the strike zone came up, would offer only a "no comment" when pressed.

Early in the game, Hernandez's strike zone was as wide as the Bronx. By the time Rhodes showed up, it looked like Weight Watchers' most successful graduate ever.

"To be honest with you, it seemed like the strike zone kept shrinking and shrinking," shortstop Alex Rodriguez said.

"Arthur threw some damn good pitches, but they kept squeezing him."


October 12, 2000
Cameron said plate umpire Angel Hernandez's strike zone was especially wide,


October 12, 2000
Seattle southpaw starter John Halama, who limited the Yankees to four hits in his six shutout innings, and pitching coach Bryan Price both discussed the apparently inconsistent strike zone of home plate umpire Angel Hernandez.


July 14, 2000
Benitez threw a 96 mph fastball on the outside corner. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez froze before calling it a ball, high and outside.

June 9, 1999
New York lost another coach — albeit briefly — when Cookie Rojas was ejected in the third inning for arguing that third-base umpire Angel Hernandez should have called a balk.


July 8, 1998
Umpire Angel Hernandez calling the Braves' Michael Tucker safe with a winning run in the bottom of the 11th Sunday, even though Bernard Gilkey's throw with Walt Weiss' fly to short left had Tucker clearly beaten.

July 6, 1998
In a wild ending that will long be remembered in Atlanta and will undoubtedly hit the New York Mets in their wallets, Michael Tucker's slide and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez's game-ending call in the 11th inning Sunday afternoon ignited a raging argument

July 5, 1998
On July 5, the New York Mets lost a 3-2, 11-inning contest to the Braves when umpire Angel Hernandez called Atlanta's Michael Tucker safe at the plate on a sacrifice fly even though the ball clearly beat Tucker to the plate and catcher Mike Piazza appeared to get the tag down.


April 12 1998
In Devon White's three years in the National League, one man consistently has gotten him out: umpire Angel Hernandez. White has been ejected from three NL games, all by Hernandez, who completed the hat trick after calling White out on strikes in the first inning last Friday night.

``Every time he's behind the plate, I'm not going to get a good pitch because he will call anything (a strike),'' White said. ``This has been going on for three years.''

White, a 13-year veteran, said all of his run-ins with Hernandez have been as a result of called strikes.

``The first time, he went at me like he was going to kick my butt,'' White said. ``I don't stand for that. It hasn't been a good relationship. I think he definitely has a vendetta. (NL president) Leonard Coleman should look at the situation. Three years in a row, the same two guys are going at it. Something's got to be wrong. They should find out what's going on.''

March 26, 1996
Mike Hargrove continues to argue with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez during the start of the second inning after Hernandez kicked a bat left at home plate by Kenny Lofton on a close call strike three in the first inning.

"It was very obvious that he was looking to kick somebody out. Better me than the players. They need their at-bats," Hargrove said, continuing:

"That (kicking Lofton's bat) was the most unprofessional thing I've ever seen an umpire do.

"He said that Kenny was trying to show him up when he dropped the bat. I told him that's what he does when he walks, but he couldn't get that through his head."
The stats on Angel:
He calls the most strikes in the majors in 2000 according to the Ultimate Jays.
USA Today 1999 out of 36 National League Umps he is listed:
34: temperment
32: respect for players
32: consistency
31: worst overall
Some 2000 stats:
The biggest roadie in the league? Angel Hernandez with a 22-12/+1420 record for the vistors.

Check out the 40-year-old 8-year mlb veteran's profile on mlb.


July 6, 1998
Mets reliever John Franco, catcher Mike Piazza and manager Bobby Valentine argued vehemently with plate umpire Angel Hernandez following his safe call.

March 26, 1996
Mike Hargrove continues to argue with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez during the start of the second inning after Hernandez kicked a bat left at home plate by Kenny Lofton on a close call strike three in the first inning. (Gary I. Rothstein/Special to the Beacon Journal)


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