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MLB admits the Angel Hernandez call was blown, but nothing else is gonna happen with it

May 9, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

Angel Hernandez

Straight from Joe Torre’s office:

“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief.  In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night’s crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field.  It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.

“Home and away broadcast feeds are available for all uses of instant replay, and they were available to the crew last night.  Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made.  Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right.  Earlier this morning, we began the process of speaking with the crew to thoroughly review all the circumstances surrounding last night’s decision.”

So they admit that the call was wrong. And they do answer the question as to what replay Angel Hernandez was looking at — the TV feeds, which clearly showed the homer.

But he blew it. Clear and simple. And one hopes that the “speaking with the crew” involves a lot of yelling.

  1. rcali - May 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    He’s obviously incompetent and should not be at the professional level. Maybe he was good at some point but his vision and judgement has disolved. Of course, he’s unionized so good luck getting him removed. I know, I know, thumbs down from the autoworkers and teachers union.

  2. peopletrains - May 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    As terrible as the call was I am glad Selig will not overturn it. Don’t open that can of worms. It’ll keep umps on toes.

    • crashdavis99 - May 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      I’m confused, how will accepting and ignoring an obvious mistake keep the umps on their toes? How about just once Bud Selig and his cronies show some integrity.

      • oimakkamio - May 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        good luck on that

  3. drewsylvania - May 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Is this incompetence, or bias?

    • nbjays - May 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I’d say it was both.

  4. Walk - May 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Neither imo he just wanted to go home same as we all do when we look at the clock and it has a half hour to go. Suddenly a good friend from the next shift comes in early and agrees to clock you out and away we go.

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