MLB Fans Call for Angel Hernandez’s Job After Another Truly Horrific Game

It was another Hernandez masterclass on Friday night.
Sep 10, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA;  Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez (5) at Yankee
Sep 10, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez (5) at Yankee / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

MLB umpire Angel Hernandez, notorious for his wishy-washy strike zone, was in rare form during Friday night's game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, a 12-8 victory for the visiting Rangers.

Hernandez's performance definitely didn't pass the eye test, as he left the Rangers broadcasters practically gobsmacked after calling three consecutive strikes on pitches that appeared to be outside the zone.

The veteran umpire didn't fare much better on a deeper dive into the numbers behind his performance Friday, as Umpire Scorecards, an account on X (formerly Twitter) that grades the efforts of the game's officials, rated his performance quite harshly.

MLB fans proceeded to react to Hernandez's less-than-stellar performance, which included 12 called strikes that Umpire Scorecard regarded as true balls, exactly as one would expect.

Hernandez has been an MLB umpire since 1991. It's safe to say that the majority of baseball fans are ready for his tenure to end.


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Tim Capurso

TIM CAPURSO

Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.