At this point, it’s almost astonishing that Angel Hernandez is still a big-league umpire. Whenever Hernandez is working behind the plate, both teams know to expect a frustrating night.
And, well, Monday’s game between the Twins and White Sox was no exception. But there was one pitch, in particular, that captured the attention of MLB fans and had Hernandez trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.
With Jose Abreu facing Jorge Alcala in the eighth inning, Hernandez watched as an 87 mph breaking ball crossed nowhere near the plate and still called it a strike.
Like, this wasn’t even close.
Umpires should never trend on twitter. Pass it on.
— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) September 15, 2020
According to Umpire Auditor, the pitch was 3.35 inches off the plate. It was a strike call that had fans in disbelief.
Angel Hernandez making his case for robot umps pic.twitter.com/ymNlxauLx1
— Dan Stevens is waiting for Mazara’s signature dong (@thisdanstevens) September 15, 2020
— Joshua Tapper (@TapCityBaby) September 15, 2020
Are we done with the Angel Hernandez experiment? He’s horrible. @MLB
— Matt Krenz (@MattKrenz7) September 15, 2020
Angel Hernandez behind the plate. pic.twitter.com/xfqblRAygn
— 🧦Tristian🧦 (@tristianrocha_) September 15, 2020
Whenever I see Angel Hernandez trending, I think… pic.twitter.com/anaf0MPyg2
— Staceball Crank 🏳️🌈 ⚾️ (@StaceGots) September 15, 2020
If Angel Hernandez can make ten times my salary and be that bad at calling balls and strikes, then I’m clearly doing something wrong with my life. That’s it! I’m going to quit teaching and become an MLB umpire.
— Zach Nelson (@ZachtheBoyd93) September 15, 2020
Angel Hernandez’ strike zone is just a buncha shrug emojis
— JC on the Island (@jgcarey80) September 15, 2020
I’m not a fan of umpires, that’s pretty well known.
But there’s very few words I can use to describe Angel Hernandez’s umpiring and judgement that won’t get me twitter banned.
So for now, Angel Hernandez is a very bad official of the game. pic.twitter.com/djhNRW0CSI
— Jeremy Maschino (@JMaschino_56) September 15, 2020
It’s really time for MLB to move on from Hernandez. This can’t continue.