After Bryce Harper was ejected by Ángel Hernández on Thursday, the Phillies star unloaded on the much maligned umpire. Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Sep 28, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) is ejected for arguing his strike out call with umpire Angel Hernandez (R) and umpire James Hoye (L) in front of manager Rob Thomson during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper was ejected from Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and his Philadelphia Phillies.

After the game, Harper didn’t mince words expressing his frustration with the umpire who ejected him, Ángel Hernández.

Harper was facing a 3-2 pitch from Pittsburgh’s pitcher, Luis Ortiz. The pitch was low and inside and while Harper did initially begin to offer at the pitch, he appeared to check his swing well before going around. Only, as Harper was taking off his gear and getting ready to head to first base, he realized that the check swing was appealed and that Hernández, the third base umpire, ruled that he went around.

The frustrated Harper walked down to third base, arguing the call. He was soon ejected. And to the surprise of, well, absolutely nobody, the replay showed that Harper didn’t swing. And after the game, Harper continued to vent his frustration.

He started by talking about the specific call but soon shifted his attention to Hernández in general.

“Just Ángel in the middle of something again,” Harper said, per Alex Coffey, The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s just every year, it’s the same story, same thing. I’m probably going to get a letter from Michael Hill, and I’m going to get fined for being right, again. It’s the same thing over and over and over and over again. It’s just not right.”

If Hernández has a fan base, it’s not a particularly loud group, at least on Twitter. Baseball fans were quick to back Harper’s words about Hernández, who consistently ranks as one of MLB’s worst umpires.

Pittsburgh ended up winning the game 3-2. The significance of Thursday’s final result is minimal. The Pirates are eliminated while the Phillies are locked into the top Wild Card spot.

But with the postseason lingering, Hernández, and every other umpire, are going to be under a microscope.

[Alex Coffey on Twitter]

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