Sport Umpire Angel Hernandez admits he 'basically guessed' on a bizarre call after losing ball in lights
First Pitch: Are Angel Hernandez, Joe West and MLB umpires hurting baseball?
With baseball fans on high alert and their profession as a whole in jeopardy, MLB umpires aren't doing themselves any favors so far this season. While Angel Hernandez, Joe West and a select few veteran umpires are forever at the forefront of the industry, those who call balls and strikes for a living are receiving extra criticism in 2021. The reason why is simple: There's another option emerging. An electronic strike zone wouldn't fully remove umpires from the game, but it would decrease their authority significantly. No longer would the voice and/or opinion of a Hernandez or West be necessary every pitch.
This isn’t going to help with the wayumpire Angel Hernandez every time .
The thing in this situation was: Hernandez wasn’t behind the plate on Tuesday night for what turned into another weird call.
Let’s break it down: Hernandez was at first base when Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit a ball to right field that was near the wall. Cleveland outfielder Harold Ramirez couldn’t make the catch, and Josh Naylor grabbed the ball on a hop and threw into second base.
But the Royals’ Andrew Benintendi — on second base was confused when Hernandez signaled it was an out. Caught between second and third as he tried to go back and tag up, he was tagged out.
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But then Hernandez and the umpiring crew talked it over, changed the call … and gave Benintendi third base.
Andrew Benintendi was tagged out but Angel Hernandez overturned the call without a review and no one knows why— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia)
Here’s what Hernandez said to a pool reporter, via
“I was trying to read the players to see what they did with the ball, and I had to come out with the call,” Hernandez said. “I basically guessed on the wrong call.”
Oh boy. It’s not a good look when an umpire says he “basically guessed.” Here’s more from Hernandez, via:
“Our goal was to get the play right, and that’s exactly what we did,” Hernandez told a pool reporter after the game. “We talk about this. Replay is an extension of what we do out there. As you saw, I got basically blinded by the outfield scoreboard. The pixels on the lights were as clear as white can be. I was trying to make out what happened out there.
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“The harder I looked, the less I could see. So I was trying to read the players to see what they did with the ball. And I had to come out with the call. I basically guessed on the wrong call. So as soon as I turned around, (home plate umpire) Edwin (Moscoso) started walking towards me. We got the crew together. And we fixed the problem.”
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