Posted May 08, 2013

A’s lose to Indians after Angel Hernandez blows game-tying HR call … twice

Cleveland Indians, instant replay, Oakland A's, Umpires

Down 4-3 to the Indians in the ninth inning, Oakland shortstop Adam Rosales hit what he, his teammates and everyone in the stands thought was a game-tying home run off Cleveland closer Chris Perez. But second base umpire and crew chief Angel Hernandez ruled the hit—which struck a railing behind the wall in left field before bouncing back onto the field—a double.

The video replay seemed to show it was indeed a homer, but when Hernandez reviewed the play, he upheld his original ruling, to the shock of Rosales, A’s manager Bob Melvin (who was thrown out of the game for arguing the call), and the media.

Though Oakland put the next two batters on to load the bases, Seth Smith grounded out to end the game. After the game, Hernandez took questions from reporters on his controversial call.

33 comments
CE
CE

I bet if you doc there pay for bogas calls like this. They would take there time.  I cant wait until the next game he's going to be at or every game until he admit he was wrong openly. They should boo him out the stadium..

lrdadman
lrdadman

"up and then back"....what's he talking about? It just hit the rail and bounced back. when did it go "up?" Clearly not that easy of a call.

Chuggernaut13
Chuggernaut13

I like how everyone is calling for this guy to be fired. I have to say that until they zoomed in on it and slowed it down it looked like it hit off the wall to me. How do we know the umpires have access to that shot they used? The broadcasters even stated that their own production team came up with that shot. So stop over-reacting, you're like the equivalent of town villagers armed with pitch forks and torches ready to lynch someone.

tbtbtb
tbtbtb

What I liked about the replay - which the Indians' broadcasters said was a HR - was the kid standing next to the railing where the HR ball hit, instinctively raised both his hands to his head in shock that the A's had tied it. Btw, it hit halfway up the railing. Clearly gone!

DonBethune
DonBethune

Angel Hernandez and CB Bucknor shouldn't be able to get a job umpiring little league...how the hell are they still allowed to be umps in the major leagues? Same exact thing happened to Justin Upton earlier this year in Washington....hit a home run that struck the railing above the fence, and even after review the bunch of stooges still called it a double. How is it that the whole world can so easily see what really happened, yet these idiots continue to get it wrong every stinking time? Truly is ridiculous. 

jjakubik3
jjakubik3

This is horrible, the fact that he did it twice warrants a suspension for being a bad umpire. There was a blown call last night in the Astros/Angels game where the Astros runner Paredes slides at the plate, touches it with his hand clearly on replay, and the plate up said he missed it entirely. Then there is the Rangers/Tigers bunt fiasco earlier in the year. These umps are bad this year, poor, and blowing calls that are deciding games. Something must be done.

Frank27
Frank27

the only thing worse than the ump's call is the idiot announcer who keeps saying "it hit up, and then came back" "it hit the yellow line, bounced up, and came back." dude is just as blind and stupid as angel hernandez. it didn't bounce up off anything....the ball hit the railing on the fly, and bounced onto the field. clear as day.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

No one should be surprised by this. We all recognize that the level of talent on the field, and I'm talking players here, has fallen dramatically. Well, so has the officiating. This is just one of the most obvious and outrageous examples, but there are many. It's true in basketball and hockey, as well as baseball and football. Even golf and NASCAR have recent examples of poor decisions made by officials. The umpires, referees, etc, think THEY are part of the show. As if fans want to see them. Unless Hernandez is severely disciplined it will send the message that poor officiating is acceptable. And, alas, it is.

BaseballMan59
BaseballMan59

Clearly a home run.  Angel Hernandez should be removed as a major league umpire.

michaelq
michaelq

How does Angel still have a job?  I know CB Bucknor is awful too, but Angel keeps trying to make sure everyone gives him the honor of being the absolute worst umpire in baseball.  I wouldn't want him calling an important Little League game.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

General rule of thumb:  if you know the name of a major league umpire, 99% of the time it's because they're absolutely awful.  Then again, even if you don't know who they are, they're likely not that great.  But hey, having sucky umpires is part of that "human element" purists love to use to keep more instant replay and other technological advances out of the game.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Not even close .Replay is very clear. I'm inclined to agree with GeoffreyHolland below about money being the motivating factor.

BrosephVanSlyke
BrosephVanSlyke

There are a few guys you don't want working your team's games. Hernandez is at the top of the list. So is Joe West.

londonstatto
londonstatto

Replay is not the problem. Angel Hernandez is the problem.

Mike115
Mike115

Through the years, this evil, incompetent dumb#$%^ has had so many bad calls.  Not being a homer, but this guy is probably a product of the Affirmative Action.  That's probably how he got the umpire gig in the first place.  Not saying affirmative action is right or wrong, but because certain quota has to be met for many jobs, not the most qualified people are hired as a result.  Angel Hernandez is a great example. 

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

hey, Angel had some serious cash on the Indians tonight. Give the guy a break.

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

This is just another reason why Hernandez is known as one of the worst umps in baseball. At any level.

mikemcd41
mikemcd41

Gee...I can't imagine why Angel Hernandez if frequently called one of the worst umpires in the game.

MikeL1
MikeL1

That's unbelieveable. They shouldn't have replay if they can't use it properly. More urgently, the umpire needs to spend some time n the minors, I think. That's infuriating, and I'm a Ranger fan.

MichaelPleva
MichaelPleva

I'm glad someone else saw that. I though I was going crazy. Makes you wonder what Hernandez saw. I would have asked him what he saw. If he said it hit the bar then you have grounds for protest over rules.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

@Frank27 Apparently, the idiot announcer has never seen a slow motion replay run backwards after running forward.  Gee, sometimes they can even be stopped!  Technology is more and more amazing...

mefoster86
mefoster86

@Frank27 Yeah that whole video I was like "WTF is this guy talking about"

UMJM13
UMJM13

@Rickapolis You might want to reconsider what we "all" agree on, because I doubt I'm alone in finding the notion that talent has fallen to be completely ridiculous. And it doesn't even matter what sport you're talking about. 

DJK11276
DJK11276

Angel is just bad but there are stupid Hillbillies like Joe West and Tim Welke who are just as bad. It has nothing to do with race all 3 of those clowns should be fired.

mweinberger4
mweinberger4

@GeoffreyHolland  Why is this idiot allowed to continue being an umpire?  The video replay was clear.... this was a home run.  He didn't see it in real time... okay, it happens quickly... but in video, slow motion... how blind and stupid can one be and still be allowed to be an umpire in the major leagues?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@UMJM13 @Rickapolis If you watch the NBA, especially, you know that the product is dismal, with a handful of  exception. It's true for ALL sports, but the NBA is the worst.  As for baseball, tale away the PED's and you have next to nothing. 

doghockey
doghockey

@caledfwlch452 Nothing like the truth to get the cyber-screamers out on the ledge.   Curiously you did not defend affirmative action, instead going the simpleton route of taking a shot at the messenger instead of the message.   

macgyv13
macgyv13

Why didn't one of the other umps speak up then? They were there in the review booth with Devil Hernandez.