Ángel Hernández (umpire)
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Hernández in 2011
August 26, 1961|
|MLB debut||May 23, 1991|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ángel Hernández (born August 26, 1961) is an umpire for Major League Baseball. He worked in the National League from 1991 to 1999, and has worked throughout Major League Baseball since 2000. He has been involved in several controversial calls, making some call for his removal from his position.
Hernández has umpired in the World Series in 2002 and 2005, as well as the All-Star Game in 1999 and 2009. He has officiated in six League Championship Series – two in each league (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010), and in seven League Division Series (1997, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012). Hernandez also worked Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS as an injury fill-in for Derryl Cousins. Hernández wears the uniform number 55 (He 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).
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In a 1999 Major League Baseball Players Association survey, Hernández was ranked 31st out of 36 National League umpires. However, later that year, Hernández was asked to return for the 2000 season while 13 of his NL colleagues were let go. Given his ranking, the Philadelphia Inquirer termed the retention of Hernández one of the "surprises" of the 1999 purge.
Hernández has been involved in several incidents with players. On August 7, 2001, he ejected a guest singer of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field. The ejectee was former Chicago Bears player Steve McMichael, who had taken a shot at Hernandez's umpiring over the PA system after being introduced as the guest singer.
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. Immediately after his peers brought Duncan back into the dugout, 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.
Hernández has had multiple confrontations with infielder Julio Lugo. In April 2007, Lugo attempted to call timeout and stepped out of the batter's box as the pitcher went into his windup, and Hernández called the resulting pitch a strike.[lower-alpha 1] This began an argument between Lugo and Hernández, but did not result in any ejection. On May 27, 2008, Lugo was among multiple Red Sox who asked for a check swing ruling from Hernández, though as the third base umpire, he was unable to provide a ruling unless requested by the home plate umpire. A confrontation ensued, resulting in Lugo's ejection from the game. Hernández subsequently ejected Red Sox manager Terry Francona when the latter came out to argue Lugo's ejection.
On June 1, 2010, Hernández ejected Joe Maddon after the latter argued a Carlos Peña request for "Time" that was not granted pursuant to the aforementioned Rule 6.02(b) prohibiting late requests for "Time," resulting in a ninth inning strikeout.
On May 8, 2013, Hernández served as the crew chief when regular crew chief Dana DeMuth was not with the umpiring crew for a series in Cleveland between the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians. In the ninth inning, Athletics' second baseman Adam Rosales hit a ball over the yellow home run line in left center field. The initial ruling was that it stayed in play. After video review, Hernández ruled it a double. Video replays clearly showed the ball hitting a railing in the bleachers above the yellow line, which serves as a divider between home runs and balls still in play. A's manager Bob Melvin argued the call and Hernández ejected him from the game. The call cost the Athletics the game; they lost to the Cleveland Indians, 4-3. Athletics players, fans, and sports columnists criticized Hernández in the wake of the call. Major League Baseball later acknowledged that the call was "improper," but that it was too late to overturn it.
Hernández was behind the plate for the final game at the old Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008.
- OBR Rule 6.02(b) Comment states, in part, "Umpires will not call 'Time' at the request of the batter or any member of his team once the pitcher has started his windup or has come to a set position even though the batter claims 'dust in his eyes,' 'steamed glasses,' 'didn’t get the sign' or for any other cause."
- The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Official info: Umpires: Roster
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 7, 1999
- Philadelphia Inquirer, July 30, 1999
- McMichael booted from Cubs game
- Dodgers lose and may lose Kent to DL
- Notes: Little rearranges lineup
- Sports Illustrated, June 20, 2006 SI Players Poll
- "Official Baseball Rules". Major League Baseball.
- Lugo, Francona Perplexed By Ejections
- Crawford's grand slam caps Rays' second straight ninth-inning rally
- "Umpire Ejection Fantasy League: Say It Ain't So, Joe". Close Call Sports. July 2011.
- "Hernandez gaffe highlights MLB flaw".
- Withers, Tom (2013-05-08). "Indians edge Athletics 4-3 on controversial call". Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Castrovince, Anthony (2013-05-10). "Errors part of game, but it shouldn't be with replay". MLB.com. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
- ESPN News Services (2013-05-10). "MLB: Umpires made 'improper call'". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
- "Angels' Jered Weaver tosses second no-hitter of season". ESPN. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- "Reds' Homer Bailey throws no-hitter against Pirates". ESPN. Retrieved 29 September 2012.