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Angel Hernandez Proves Yet Again He’s The Worst Umpire In Baseball

If you weren’t already a Kyle Schwarber fan, you are now.

The Philadelphia outfielder unintentionally became the voice of a nation Sunday evening when he was tossed from the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss to Milwaukee.

Schwarber was given the heave-ho by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing balls and strikes. Anyone who’s watched a sliver of baseball over the last decade knows that Hernandez is definitely not a fan favorite. His strike zone has all the consistency of a kindergartener’s handwriting.

MLB fans have been tired of Hernandez’ three blind mice antics for years, and on Sunday, Schwarber finally broke. He tossed his helmet and bat to the infield dirt and aggressively berated Hernandez, likely with the type of obscenities generally associated with a Tarantino film.

It took Hernandez less than two seconds to send Schwarber to the showers.

Once tossed, Schwarber wasted little time getting his money’s worth. In the most animated way possible, Schwarber let Hernandez know he didn’t just miss that last pitch — he missed high, low, inside, outside, and everything in between.

After making his way to the dugout, Schwarber turned around and sought Hernandez once again, screaming “both sides” in his direction, insinuating that the ump wasn’t doing either team any favors.

“I’m not here to bury anyone, but it wasn’t very good,” Schwarber said following the loss. “You wish … I don’t know how to really say it. It just wasn’t very good. Guys were doing a really good job tonight of not saying much. It just got to me to where I was going to stick up for some other guys.”

Meanwhile, Schwarber’s reaction has been met with near universal praise from those in and around the game.

Even fans got in on the Hernandez hate. Watch:

As bad as the call was on Schwarber, it wasn’t even blue’s worst of the night. In the bottom of the fifth, Hernandez rang up Jean Segura on a pitch that was measured 6.47 inches out of the zone. A trend for the evening.

Count Brewers manager Craig Counsell amongst those who side with Philly’s new hero as well.

“It was a consistently big zone. It was just a little big in a lot of areas,” said Counsell. “I think Schwarber said it was big on both sides. And there was bound to be somebody upset when it’s like that.”

No arguments here.

 

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Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. As a non baseball player can someone explain this to me – Is it that clear to a batter that a ball is 2 inches out of the strike zone? I mean what if he accidentally leaned forward 2 inches? Maybe its cause they are pros and hit 1,000 balls a day for 20 years idk it just seems wild to slam the bat down when in reality that ball could’ve been in the strike zone.

    • Yeah an ump can miss a call for being out of his normal placement behind the catcher or blinking at the wrong time or something. This instance was not an aberration. The whole game – both teams were not happy with his inconsistent calls. And before this game he has a history of this. Schwarber’s tirade was just the straw the camel’s back.

      • Sweet thanks for the clarity! I’m sure there is a compilation of umps sneezing at the wrong moment or stuff like that. Side note: if your about to sneeze at a bad moment and have to hold it, tickle the roof of your mouth with your tongue and it will go away instantly. The same goes for dozing off while driving or listening to your mother in law, it will keep you awake/save your life.

    • For most, yes. They know or at least have an idea if it was close. You will see some players, with some umps, occasionally ask the ump on foul balls if that was in the zone. And yes, umps make mistakes. But Hernandez is consistently wrong. He will call strikes on unhittable balls, like the second example.

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