Doug Eddings did such a poor job as the home plate umpire in Tuesday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox that a Toronto coach was ejected before Wednesday’s game began, needing to continue the previous night’s argument.
He was so bad that some people even felt that Eddings had overtaken Angel Hernandez as MLB’s worst umpire. Hernandez was not about to let that kind of nonsense go unchecked. On Saturday, Hernandez reminded everyone that he’s still wearing the crown.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brett Phillips hit what appeared to be a routine groundout in Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. To 99.9% of the people watching, Phillips was clearly out. Unfortunately, Hernandez, who was the first base umpire, was in the other 0.1%.
Angel Hernandez watched this play and somehow called Brett Phillips safe lol, it was overturned (obviously) pic.twitter.com/NNcUyYOrP7
— Mr Matthew CFB 🇺🇦 (@MrMatthewCFB) June 25, 2022
Angel Hernandez calling this safe is… something pic.twitter.com/WJZnwEdjvy
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 25, 2022
Angel Hernandez should not be permitted to umpire Major League Baseball games
— Rum Bunter (@rumbunter) June 25, 2022
Breaking news: Angel Hernandez made a dogsh*t call.
Thought Chavis' foot came off the bag. Clearly didn't. Easiest overturned call of the season for the Pirates.
— Alex Stumpf (@AlexJStumpf) June 25, 2022
If you watch closely Angel Hernandez almost called him out… https://t.co/NFkFByhzN8
— Kade Keowen ⚾️ (@CoachKeowen) June 24, 2022
If you guessed that Angel Hernandez is the ump that called the runner safe here… you’re absolutely correct! pic.twitter.com/Do8wCIdEoJ
— MyBookie – Bet With The Best (@MyBookie) June 25, 2022
— Noah (@NoahsCards) June 25, 2022
Angel Hernandez missed a call. Replay overturned it. The sky is blue.
— Mike Persak (@MikeDPersak) June 25, 2022
When MLB finally does go to robot umpires, we can only hope that Hernandez is honored in some way as a constant reminder to why people were clamoring for them.
We also must remember one thing. As the first base umpire on Saturday, Hernandez will be calling balls and strikes on Sunday. If he could get this kind of reaction out of one call at first base, imagine what he’s capable of when he’s responsible for calling every pitch the hitters don’t swing at. If you’re going to Tropicana Field, buckle up. You’re in for a real treat.