Angel Hernandez Made One of the Worst Calls of the MLB Season in Blue Jays-Yankees Game

Angel Hernandez continues to be one of the worst umpires in Major League Baseball.
Angel Hernandez continues to be one of the worst umpires in Major League Baseball. /

Less than two weeks into the MLB season, umpire Angel Hernandez is already raising a firestorm with his inexplicably bad calls.

During the New York Yankees’ 8-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, Yankee Stadium rained down boos on the notorious umpire over a highly controversial call, one which may not even have been his worst of the afternoon.

Later in the same game, Hernandez made perhaps the most egregious call of the season thus far. In the sixth inning and on a 1-0 count, Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza threw a sinker to Yankees third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera, who let the pitch go by. 

Mayza’s pitch to Cabrera was right down the middle, but Hernandez called it a ball. Hernandez appeared to be distracted by Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk, who popped up to bluff a throw down to first.

Thankfully, the pitches Hernandez missed didn’t end up impacting the game as the Yankees notched a comfortable win against their divisional rivals. In his postgame scorecard, Hernandez scored 95% and 92% in called ball accuracy and called strike accuracy respectively and favored Toronto by +0.52 runs.

A new season can often bring about a healthy amount of change across the MLB, but in the case of the much-maligned umpire Angel Hernandez, some things just stay the same. 

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.