The Yankees were rallying late in Game 1 of their doubleheader in Philadelphia on Wednesday. They were about to bring the tying run to the plate . . . until umpire Angel Hernandez did what he does, which is miss a pitch.
Hernandez called Mike Ford out on strikes on a full-count pitch that should have been Ball 4. Had the pitch been called correctly, the Yankees would have had the bases loaded with one out and Miguel Andujar at the plate in an 11-7 game.
Naturally, Ford wasn’t happy, Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn’t happy and New York third base coach Phil Nevin really wasn’t happy. Nevin was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. With Citizens Bank Park empty because of COVID-19, everyone heard just how unhappy he and the Bombers were. Foul language ahead:
“We all know you don’t want to be here anyway,” Nevin told Hernandez as he was walking to the dugout.
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YES Network broadcasters brought up that Yankees starter J.A. Happ was not getting similar calls during his abbreviated outing. But that’s Hernandez, who has earned a reputation for being one of MLB’s worst umpires.
He also has been the center of controversy off the field. He sued MLB in 2017, claiming racial discrimination (he is of Cuban descent) for why he was denied postseason assignments (he later showed why he shouldn’t have been around in the playoffs.)
In June, MLB accused him of eavesdropping on a telephone call that was set up to investigate why Hernandez delayed a Red Sox-Rays game 20 minutes over a rules argument. Hernandez’s attorney told The Athletic that Hernandez was invited to take part in the call.
Hernandez was not scheduled to work Game 2 of the Yankees-Phillies doubleheader after being behind the plate for the opener.
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