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Angel Hernandez is being pretty cagey about his botched call last night

May 9, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

Not only did Angel Hernandez botch the call on that home run/double last night, but he’s not been particularly forthcoming about it after the fact. Check this out from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser:

As Slusser notes in subsequent tweets, this is baffling, inasmuch as reporters recording interviews is actually a benefit to the interview subject. If the reporter screws up, he or she is accountable and there is a clear record of what was actually said. I know Angel Hernandez is not big on accountability and getting things right via technology, but this is just strange.

Well, maybe not too strange. There is at least some reason why someone may not want their interview recorded:


Creating situations in which there is deniability is something an insecure person does. And if you’ve watched Angel Hernandez’s behavior when he gets in arguments with managers and players, you can tell he reeks of insecurity. Umpires who stand by their calls don’t get mad and touchy like he does. Umpires who know they screwed up don’t either. They either admit it or at least let the manager say what he wants so as not to compound the issue. Hernandez does neither of those things.

So, MLB is going to step in and make Hernandez explain himself, yes?


There is no transparency or apparent accountability for umpires. This is totally unacceptable. It’s one area where the NFL gets things right and baseball simply doesn’t. It has to change.

  1. maritime85 - May 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Arrogant ass

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      You’ve killed us…

      • sabatimus - May 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        WAY TO GO, DALLAS!!

      • Hunter Pence's Eyes - May 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        Give me a ping Vasilii. One ping only please.

      • mornelithe - May 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        I would like to have seen Montana.

    • sabatimus - May 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      And, of course, the reason he acted like an arrogant ass is because “there’s very little room in Tupolev’s heart than for anyone but Tupolev.”

      • cackalackyank - May 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        But remember….A russian won’t take a dump without a plan.

  2. Stacey - May 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Angel Hernandez is horrible and not accountable? No way!

    • cur68 - May 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Not only that, he’s an ass-clown.

  3. flamethrower101 - May 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Bud Selig laughs at this post. I cringe. Jim Joyce shakes his head

  4. Kleinz 57 - May 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Baseball? Change?

    You outta do stand up, Craig. This stuff is golden.

  5. steve7921 - May 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Angel Hernandez needs to spend some time with Jim Joyce to learn about the right way to handle adversity.

    Aaaah, on second thought – just fire him and let him figure it out on his own!!

  6. faulkner22 - May 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Angel Hernandez has also admitted that he had Carmelo Anthony ahead of LeBron on his NBA MVP ballot.

  7. APBA Guy - May 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Angel Hernandez’ strike zone has been deplorable for several years now, mainly due to inconsistency, but the call last night was unbelievable. Slusser did a long-ish piece on MLB Tonight after the game, saying essentially the same things as in the tweets above, and also that the Indians players knew the ball was a home run, not a double. As Melvin put it, the only 4 people not convinced it was a home run were the umps.

  8. poprox13 - May 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Hernandez is horrible, in the same league with West and Buckner

  9. cincy85 - May 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    we have the technology to make every call in baseball 100% correct, why do we even still have umpires? blown calls are killing this sport for me and i love baseball but its like mlb doesnt care that they dont get the calls right. umpires are going to make mistakes thats a given, but if we have the ability to get everything right why is there even an argument?

    • oaktown49er - May 9, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Some people like how the umps give a “human element” to the game. As for me I’m satisfied with the “human element” from the human players, get the calls right.

  10. sheppyshep8 - May 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I didn’t realize they had women umpires now.

    Man up dude. You blew it.

    • dondada10 - May 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      There is zero need to bash women. Hernandez is the culprit here.

  11. El Bravo - May 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Randy Marsh? No fucking way. That’s awesome.

    • kopy - May 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      I know, right? It’s ridiculous that he’s an ump after his behavior at his son’s little league games.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Hey, I thought this was America?!?”

      • kopy - May 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM

  12. blantoncollier - May 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Bigger question—why was Hernandez acting Crew Chief? Really MLB–is there any wonder he screwed this up..and I am a Tribe fan.

  13. illcomm - May 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Craig. when u screw up, there is never a clear record of the error. you simply reverse your error and make no mention or nite of it. don’t be a hippacrit.

    • jefegrande71 - May 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Learn to spell “hypocrite” before you bash someone else for their own errors.

      • spellingcops - May 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Fear not. He’s been arrested.

  14. fruitcovejag - May 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Why does this bum still have a job? One too many screw ups for this guy. Where’s the accountability MLB? Do the right thing!!

  15. illcomm - May 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Grande. learn how to use a complete sentence before bashing some about spelling.

    • spellingcops - May 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Similar to your first “sentence”?

    • 18thstreet - May 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      I think you wanted to use a comma instead of a period. And “write” instead of “use.” And “someone” instead of “some.”

      But congratulations on starting your post with a capital letter. That’s something to build on.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Not only that, but “Learn to spell “hypocrite” before you bash someone else for their own errors.” IS a complete sentence.

  16. Jonny 5 - May 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    He has to be going blind to not see that hr ball for what it was, with replay it is all too clear. Angel Hernandez needs to find a new line work.

    • 4d3fect - May 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      His mom told him that would make him go blind. But he was deaf.

  17. deathmonkey41 - May 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    There will be no repercussions. Unions go out of their way to protect incompetence and do little to separate and reward members who show high achievement.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Damn straight Monkey. All in the name of the brotherhood.

  18. skids003 - May 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I would really like to know what replay angles they had access to before I conclude anything. As far as transparancy, sounds like the government.

    • schlom - May 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      I’m guessing that either the video equipment didn’t work or they only got the initial, behind home plate angle, to review. If that was the case they wouldn’t have enough evidence to overturn the call.

      Also who controls the replays? Is it the home team? If so, couldn’t the Indians just show the one angle where it’s not apparent that it hits the railing for the umpires?

      • pdowdy83 - May 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        If that is the case wouldn’t he benefit from going on the record and stating something like “We only had limited camera angles and as a unit could not come up with enough visual evidence to overturn the call on the field.” He could have also come out after the game and said “after further review with better camera angles we acknowledge that the call on the field was incorrect.” Just man up and say you got it wrong and it would help the situation out some.

      • schlom - May 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Isn’t that essentially what he said?

      • poprox13 - May 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        They got both teams feed of the play

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