ARLINGTON, Texas --Rangers manager Ron Washington isn't backing down from his criticism of umpire Angel Hernandez, even though the AL All-Star manager already expects to be fined for an on-field confrontation and postgame comments about the ump.
After Washington and first-base coach Gary Pettis were both ejected from Sunday night's 6-4 loss to Florida by Hernandez, the Rangers skipper said, "Angel is bad. That's all there is to it."
Washington reiterated his feelings about Hernandez when asked about the ejections and his comments before Monday's game against Baltimore, the start of a new series with a different umpiring crew.
"I'm gonna get fined for what I told Angel. And they might add to it because of what I said about Angel," Washington said. "But, hey, the truth is the truth."
Pettis was tossed in the seventh inning Sunday after arguing that Florida reliever Michael Dunn balked on a play when Nelson Cruz was caught stealing.
Washington came out of the dugout to find out what was going on between Pettis and the umpire. Washington eventually wound up in a heated discussion with Hernandez.
"He told me my job was to get [Pettis] off the field. He don't tell me what my job is. But you can't talk to Angel. Angel is the smartest umpire in baseball," Washington said. "I didn't say anything. I was letting Gary have his say. Then he picked on me. He don't tell me what to do. He might suggest something, but he don't tell me what to do. The way he expressed what he had to say I thought wasn't proper. I didn't come out there to get in no confrontation with Angel. But it's the way you talk to people."
After his ejection, Washington argued vehemently for a few more minutes. The manager and umpire were face-to-face and it appeared that the bills of their caps made contact during their argument.
"I never touched his. It might have looked like it. It might have been an optical illusion," Washington said. "I didn't do that. I wasn't that out of it."