Angel Hernandez
Angel Hernandez

Ángel Hernández (umpire)
Ángel Hernández (born August 26, 1961) is an umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB). He worked in the National League from 1991 to 1999, and has worked

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5 – Ángel Hernández Hernández in 2015Born (1961-08-26) August 26, 1961 (age 57)
Havana, CubaMLB debut May 23, 1991Umpiring crew CCrew members Career highlights and awards Special Assignments

Ángel Hernández (born August 26, 1961) is an umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB). He worked in the National League from 1991 to 1999, and has worked throughout MLB since 2000.

Contents Early and personal life

Hernández was born in Cuba and now lives in Florida.[1] In 2015 he returned to Cuba for the first time since he left to spread the ashes of his father. A few months later he returned to umpire the first game in the country involving an MLB team since 1999.[1]

Hernández also does charity work for disabled children, including hosting a celebrity golf tournament every year.[1]

Umpiring career

Hernández umpired in the World Series in 2002 and 2005, as well as the All-Star Game in 1999, 2009, and 2017. He has officiated in seven League Championship Series (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2016), and in eight League Division Series (1997, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015). Hernández also worked Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS as an injury fill-in for Derryl Cousins. For the second half of the 2011 baseball season, Hernández was moved from the umpiring crew of Joe West to the crew of Gerry Davis.[2]

Hernández wore number 5 while in the National League, but the number was taken by Dale Scott when the umpires were consolidated under MLB in 2000, so Hernández took number 55. After Scott's retirement in 2017, Hernández regained his number 5 for the 2018 season.[3]

In 1999 Hernández was ranked 31st out of 36 in the Major League Baseball Players Association survey.[4] He was retained for the 2000 season ahead of 13 of his National League colleagues, which the Philadelphia Inquirer termed one of the "surprises" of the 1999 purge.[5] In 2006 and 2011 he was listed as the third-worst umpire in Sports Illustrated polls[6][7] and a 2010 ESPN survey showed that 22% of major league ballplayers asked identified Hernández as the worst umpire in the major leagues.[8] In 2016 the MLB rated Hernández accuracy as 96.88 percent and say he didn't miss any calls on the basepath.[1]

Incidents and notable games

In 1998, Hernandez was behind the plate for a game between the Mets and the Braves, the day before the All-Star break was to begin. In the 11th inning Braves runner Michael Tucker tagged up on a fly ball to left. Replays showed the throw to catcher Mike Piazza clearly beating Tucker and that Tucker never touched the plate but Hernandez ruled Tucker safe. After the game Piazza called the call the worst he'd ever seen in his baseball career and other Mets opined that Hernandez may have been in a hurry to get the game over with so they could all start their break. NY Daily News July 6, 1998

In 2001, Hernández was blamed for ejecting Steve McMichael, a former Chicago Bears player, who had taken a shot at Hernández's umpiring over the PA system after being introduced as the guest singer for "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".[9] It was later revealed that crew chief Randy Marsh had ordered the ejection.[1]

On July 17, 2006, Hernández was the third base umpire and ejected Dodgers' first base coach Mariano Duncan. When Duncan came out of the dugout to argue the ejection, he tossed his cap onto the ground in anger. After Duncan was removed from the field, Hernández picked up the cap and tossed it to a fan in the stands. The next day, Duncan taped his cap to his head before delivering the Dodgers' lineup to the umpires.[10] Duncan was suspended for two games and fined by Major League Baseball as a result of the incident.[11]

Hernández in 2007.

Hernández was behind the plate for the final game at the old Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008. He was umpiring at third base when Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter on May 2, 2012,[12] and Hernández was the third base umpire on September 28, 2012, when Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates.[13]

Hernández in 2011.

In 2013, Hernández served as the crew chief for a series when the Oakland Athletics lost to the Cleveland Indians 4–3. In the ninth inning he and two other umpires ruled a long hit by Athletic's Adam Rosales as a double following a video review.[14][1] Oakland's manager Bob Melvin argued the call, and Hernández ejected him from the game.[15] MLB later acknowledged that the hit should have been called a home run but said that it was too late to overturn it.[16][17] Several umpires argued that the replay system did not provide clear enough pictures and the system was later changed.[1]

In August 2017, Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined $10,000 by MLB, for critical comments he made about Hernández; Kinsler had said that Hernández was a bad umpire and "needs to find another job."[18]


In July 2017, Hernández filed a federal lawsuit against MLB, alleging racial discrimination led to him being overlooked for World Series games and crew chief promotions.[19] He also cited a long-standing feud with Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, dating back to Torre's managerial career. [20] saying that prior to Torre's arrival in 2011, Hernández's evaluations were consistently positive, but since then evaluations have turned neutral or negative.[21] Nearly a week after he filed the suit, Hernández was named to the 2017 All-Star Game.[22]

See also References
  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Who is Angel Hernandez? Umpire who's sued MLB in middle of many kerfuffles". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Umpire Ejection Fantasy League: Say It Ain't So, Joe". Close Call Sports. July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Umpires: Roster". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 7, 1999
  5. ^ Philadelphia Inquirer, July 30, 1999
  6. ^ Sports Illustrated, June 20, 2006 SI Players Poll
  7. ^ Column: MLB umpire sues league for racial discrimination | The Daily Courier | Prescott, AZ
  8. ^ "Tigers' Kinsler: Angel Hernandez is a bad umpire". AP. August 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "McMichael booted from Cubs game". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Duncan suspended for two games and fined". 2006-07-22. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  11. ^ Elkins, Ashley. "Bonds relieved not to be indicted". Daily Journal. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  12. ^ "Angels' Jered Weaver tosses second no-hitter of season". ESPN. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Reds' Homer Bailey throws no-hitter against Pirates". ESPN. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Hernandez gaffe highlights MLB flaw". 
  15. ^ Withers, Tom (May 8, 2013). "Indians edge Athletics 4-3 on controversial call". Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (May 10, 2013). "Errors part of game, but it shouldn't be with replay". Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ "MLB: Umpires made 'improper call'". ESPN. May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ "MLB fined Tigers' Ian Kinsler $10K, warned umpires for protest". August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  19. ^ Who is Angel Hernandez? Umpire who’s sued MLB in middle of many kerfuffles
  20. ^ Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB for racial discrimination, cites Joe Torre’s ‘animosity’ - The Washington Post
  21. ^ Imber, Gil (July 3, 2017). "Angel Hernandez Sues MLB for Racial Discrimination". Close Call Sports & Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. 
  22. ^
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