Angel Hernandez stinks. There are no two ways about it. Last night's performance was an all-timer. It was a very close game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, broadcast on national television.
How does Hernandez keep getting games on national television? It's inexcusable. Anyway, let's take a look at the most egregious missed call from Hernandez last night.
Now that wasn't the most memorable moment from Hernandez last night, we'll get to that later, but it was the most egregious. Let's take a look at "Umpire Scorecards." Umpires scorecards is a brilliant Twitter account that gives grades to umpires behind the plate based on their performance. Hernandez's scorecard from last night could generously be classified as "poor."
Woof. A 77% strike accuracy. That means almost one out of four pitches was a missed call from Hernandez. That's inexcusable. In the bottom of the 9th, the Brewers were winning 1-0. The Phillies were down to their last at-bats when Kyle Schwarber absolutely lost it.
Kyle Schwarber is gesticulating wildly in this video. If you watch it with the sound off, it's beautiful. He could almost pass as a Parisian mime. I digress. Schwarber sounded off again on his way out, and for NSFW reasons I am going to paraphrase. He told Hernandez that for both teams, the strike zone had been erratic and uneven all evening. He was right. It was putrid.
Now just for fun, I have to share this. I play in an annual fantasy baseball league with my cousins and some friends. Going into the bottom of the 9th inning, my fantasy match was tied. My opponent had Kyle Schwarber. When the count went 3-2, I was convinced that Schwarber was going to walk, giving my opponent the fantasy win for the week. Then, Hernandez did his thing and I won on a questionable call. This is silly (but amazing, come on) but the point is that Hernandez's performances that receive no consternation or discipline from the league have monstrous effects on the world around him. This can't be allowed to continue.
That said, I won fair and square and I won't be complaining.