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You’re Out! Angel Hernandez Does MLB Favor By Retiring

Crack a bottle, light up a stogie and take to the streets in celebration because Angel Hernandez has umpired his last MLB game. As a lifelong MLB fan, I must admit that sentence feels incredibly satisfying to write. Hernandez has been the most controversial umpire for years for many of us due to his consistent track record of bad calls. Seriously, the guy misses more calls than a husband on a “fishing” vacation with the guys in Thailand. His retirement brings a sense of relief and hope for a fairer game for fans and online bettors.


You’re Out! Angel Hernandez Does MLB Favor By Retiring
Umpire Angel Hernandez #5 / Jamie Squire / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Via Afp

The tragic tale of Hernandez began in 1991 when he took the field for his first MLB game as a call-up umpire. Stats from this era are nonexistent, but one can only assume he was a bright-eyed, optimistic guy. He probably did a good job in those early years. So well, in fact, that he was given the honor of calling three All-Star Games, 12 Division Series, eight Championship Series and two World Series.

However, Hernandez could not maintain that level of performance, leading to a disappointing career in the eyes of fans, players and managers.

The truth is, Hernandez was never great at his job. I don’t know why he lasted so long at such a high level, but it took an especially poor 2024 to convince the old guy to hang them up finally.


Fallen Angel

If you doubt how bad Hernandez was at calling balls and strikes, just refer to the numbers. We don’t have to go back far to see proof that Hernandez was one of the all-time great skid marks in baseball history.

In 2023, according to Umpire Auditor, Hernandez finished the season as the lowest-rated umpire in the league with a minimum of 10 games. The crazy thing is that Hernandez didn’t start work until August of that year, but he still racked up 161 bad calls in just 10 games, including the lowest-rated game of the season.

But Hernandez didn’t stop there. No-no. He even set some records along the way, including one just a few weeks ago. Talk about going out on top. In a game between the Astros and Rangers last month, Hernandez called three straight strikes against Wyatt Langford. The problem was that all three pitchers were out of the zone. The at-bat culminated with a called strike 6.78 inches off the plate. That was the largest missed call in history since tracking began. I mean, it doesn’t get much sadder than that.

Actually, it does get sadder. I think the apex of Hernandez’s failures came in 2017 when he sued the MLB for racial discrimination, alleging he was denied a promotion to crew chief and not given a World Series game because he was Cuban. Not because, statistically, he was terrible at his job. Nope. It’s because he was Cuban.

The lawsuit is my favorite Hernandez story because it forced MLB to admit, under oath, that the old guy was just flat-out bad at his job. The main reason he didn’t get a World Series call came down to three critical missed calls during the 2018 ALDS between the Yankees and Red Sox. All three calls were overturned. He even appealed last year but, thank goodness, he was rejected.

At the end of the day, this is good for baseball. The further we move away from obviously lousy umpiring, the closer we get to a fair and balanced game where balls and strikes are called correctly. I mean, it’s not that hard.

My only issue with MLB news now is finding another ump to poke fun at and talk smack on when I can’t think of anything else to write about on a Tuesday morning in May.

Enjoy your retirement, Angel. We deserve it.



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