Tag:Angel Hernandez
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 11:23 pm

MLB removes Hernandez from West's umpire crew

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Major League Baseball has split up two of the worst umpires in the game -- moving Angel Hernandez from Joe West's crew, at least for the start of the second half of the season, the Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley noted.

West's crew received Sam Holbrook from Gerry Davis' umpire crew in exchange for Hernandez in a trade as lopsided as Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas.

West and Hernandez had a combined six ejections in eight days leading up to the All-Star break, including Rangers manager Ron Washington, who responded after the game by saying Hernandez "is just bad." He will be fined, no doubt, for speaking the truth.

Fraley said it was the only significant change in umpiring crews for the second half.

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Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 10:26 am

Harsh words for umpires

Ron Washington

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fines be damned, Rangers manager Ron Washington and Braves third baseman Chipper Jones expressed their frustration with umpiring Sunday.

Washington's target was Angel Hernandez, known far and wide as one of the worst umpires in baseball. After Washington and first-base coach Gary Pettis were ejected arguing that Florida reliever Mike Dunn had balked.

"Angel is just bad," Washington told reporters (via the Dallas Morning News). "That's all there is to it."

Probably adding insult to injury is that Hernandez is on the same crew as Joe West, another notorious umpire.

Chipper JonesWhile his specific beef was with rookie umpire Mark Ripperger, Jones took on the state of umpiring as a whole in his postgame comments, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"I've said it time and time again, the officiating in this league is substandard for the most part," Jones said. "I actually apologized to [Ripperger] after the 3-1 pitch, I said, 'I'm sorry. That pitch was right where the 2-1 pitch was and it was called a ball.' And he said that ball got plate.

"I knew that I was dealing with a larger than average strike zone at that point."

Jones tried to take first base twice in the at-bat, but Ripperger called the pitches strikes and Jones struck out to end the Braves' loss to the Orioles.

"I didn't say a word after the last pitch," Jones told reporters. "I know they are balls. I've been here 18 years, [and] I know what balls and strikes are. I know when guys are trying to pitch around me. He can stare me down all he wants; he made two bad calls."

Jones also said, "I guess it was a little too hot; [he] had to get on a plane." 

Jones' manager had his back: "I came back in here and looked at them on video; I thought they were awful," Fredi Gonzalez said. "I thought the balls were away, not even close. It's hard to lose a game on those two balls like that."

All three will be fined, but I'm not sure any of them care. In fact, Jones said as much afterward.

"I'm going to stick up for my team, if a guy's not going to do his job, I'm going to say something," he said. "If I get fined, I get fined. I don't care." 

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:23 pm

West's crew making more friends each day

By Matt Snyder

Stop me when you've heard this one before: There are some players complaining about Joe West's umpiring crew.

Yeah, I know ... pretty far-fetched, huh? (For my feelings on the crew, you can click here to read something I wrote a few weeks ago)

Anyway, Tuesday night, Eric Patterson of the Padres was deemed to have left third base early on a would-be sacrifice fly in the second inning by Joe West. One problem, at least according to the Padres, was that West wasn't even looking at Patterson. Nope, Padres' relief pitcher Mike Adams said that Wednesday a few of the players reviewed the video of their loss and noticed West wasn't even looking at Patterson. As Adams explained it to the North County Times, he made sure to point out that the Padres' players weren't exactly shocked, considering the source.

"As soon as it ended, a lot of us went in to go take a look at it," Adams said. "You really don't expect anything less out of that crew."

He wasn't done.

"There's a reason (West and Angel Hernandez) were voted two of the top three worst (umpires) in the big leagues. It seems like they've always got to be part of the game."

Lost in the mix of the incompetence of West, Hernandez, et al is that Padres manager Bud Black actually has a salient point about using video review. Situations like these are precisely where it would make sense. I'm not exactly for reviewing every single play, but whether or not a player leaves early on a fly ball is easily reviewable via video -- and also something that's pretty difficult for umpires to judge even if they are paying attention.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:21 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 4:03 pm

MLB has problem children: West's umpiring crew

By Matt Snyder

Joe West, Angel Hernandez, Chad Fairchild and Paul Schrieber are the worst umpiring crew in the majors, and it's not even close. If it was simply a competence issue, that might be a bit less of a problem. You can fix incompetence through more training. No, the problem is way worse. It's a crew that has a mental issue in terms of being accountable and lacking the most needed skill in officiating a sport.

There's a chip on the shoulder and penchant for intentionally becoming the story. That's a big problem.

Full disclosure here: I probably respect professional sports officials more than the average fan, because I'm a high school football official. Please don't misconstrue this into my saying I know what it's like to umpire major-league baseball. Not even close. I'm just saying I have an appreciation for how much harder it is to call a sporting event than the average fan realizes. Of course, I also realize that there are certain things that apply to all levels. Such as:

- A sporting official is doing his job if you don't even notice him.
- If a player, coach or manager gets thrown out of the game, one of two people are completely out of line: 1. the person who was ejected; 2. the person who did the ejecting.
- An official should never make himself part of the story or the center of attention.

These are basic and apply to all sports. If a player, coach or manager makes the umpire part of the story, that's not the umpire's fault. But West and his crew constantly violate all three of the above principles. And what's with all the yelling back? Shouldn't they just let players and managers vent? I sometimes think of it as the equivalent of an adult and child arguing. At some point, you have to be the adult. The umpires should act the same way. If you need to throw someone out, do it. Then just let him kick and scream like a child. There's no reason to scream back.

Wednesday night in Tampa Bay was just another example of the problem with this umpiring crew. Three people were ejected. B.J. Upton deserved it -- even though he was correct that it was an awful call, by the way. Joe Maddon and John Farrell were both ejected for arguing pretty mildly and neither deserved to be thrown out. Farrell's ejected was absurd because it looked like a completely ordinary conversation. No one else even knew he was arguing until the umpire made an issue out of it. You have to be pretty insecure to toss a guy who isn't doing anything to cause a scene. Maddon's ejection was absurd because he was simply asking a question and West later admitted he blew the call. Oh, wait, he said "it appears we may have erred." Quite an admission, huh?

Look, I understand the umpires take abuse and don't get near enough respect for the job they do. That's precisely why this crew is such a problem. These guys make it harder on the rest of the umpires in the bigs. You ever hear one bad apple spoils the whole bunch? If fans, media, players and coaches all have a sour taste about calls they see on a day-to-day basis from a group of umpires, suddenly the entire group of major-league umpires are stained. In order to stop people from having a sour taste in their mouths about umpiring, these guys need to quit putting themselves in the spotlight.

I don't know if they like or even crave the negative attention -- as some would say that's better than no attention at all -- but umpiring isn't supposed to be something that makes you famous. If someone is in it for anything but the job itself, they are in the wrong profession.

Enough of the constant ejections, ripping off the mask to scream at a dugout, tossing pitchers without warning or waiting for the TV cameras to come back on before running a guy. Just do your job and stay anonymous, that's all we're asking. No one is paying to watch an umpire sideshow. I'm guessing that's how Major League Baseball feels as well -- it just won't publicly say it.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 13, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:30 pm

Poll: Joyce baseball's best umpire

Even the best aren't always perfect. An anonymous poll of 100 players conducted by ESPN The Magazine named Jim Joyce the best umpire in baseball.

Joyce, best-known for his infamous missed call that cost Detroit's Armando Galarraga a perfect game, received 53 percent of the votes. Tim McClelland (who was criticized for his performance in last season's ALCS) was second, followed by Jim Wolf.

CB Bucknor, Joe West and Angel Hernandez were the worst umpires, according to the poll.

The poll also showed the players polled are against instant replay, supported Bud Selig's handling of Galarraga's perfect game and gave umpiring in baseball an overall grade of "B."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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