Despite spending three decades on the field, Angel Hernandez remains one of MLB's most detested umpires. Throughout his career, Hernandez has been the source of much frustration, both for his calls and his temperament. His name has entered the fray again due to some recent allegations of spying on official league business, but whether true or not, he should've been canned a long time ago.
Here are four of Angel Hernandez's worst calls.
4. Marlins vs White Sox 2013 Game-Ending Double Play
In the do-or-die portion of extra innings, any mistake looms larger, such as this gaffe in the bottom of the 10th between the Marlins and White Sox. With the bases loaded, Alex Rios seemed to beat out a double-play throw from second to give the White Sox the victory, but was called out by Hernandez. Replay showed that Rios was safe, with Hernandez missing the call at first plate. Chicago earned the win in the 11th, but it required a little more work than necessary.
3. Adam Rosales' 2013 Home Run
The Athletics and Indians squared off for a routine game in 2013, but a missed home run call stole the show. Down 4-3 with two outs in the top of the 9th, Adam Rosales hit a deep ball that seemed to smack right off the yellow tape. Hernandez, crew chief for the game, ruled the hit a double, holding up the call upon further review, despite Rosales' hit clearly being a home run. The A's went on to lose that game, largely due to the inexcusable miss from Hernandez and his crew.
2. Mike Piazza's 1998 Tag at the Plate
Just a day before the 1998 All-Star Break, Hernandez called Michael Tucker safe as he slid into the plate, despite replays clearly showing Mike Piazza protecting the plate and delivering the tag. Piazza and other Mets players expressed their frustration with the call, not only because of that game, but because they knew they were nearly a playoff team, with every break making the difference. The Mets finished with an 88-74 record, falling one game short of the playoffs and driving the wound even deeper.
1. 2018 ALDS Game 3
One of Hernandez's worst performances came in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS between the Red Sox and Yankees. As the first-base umpire, Hernandez had five of his calls looked at during the game, four of which were overturned. The Red Sox cruised to a 16-1 victory that game, with Hernandez's calls having little impact on the result, but certainly adding to his high overturn rate. From 2016-2018, Hernandez had 14 of his 18 reviewed calls overturned, a 78% overturn rate that sat above the league average of 60%. Regardless, Hernandez kept his spot at the plate for Game 4 of the series and remains with the MLB today.