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CC Sabathia says umpire Angel Hernandez is 'absolutely terrible' after ALDS Game 4

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) talks with umpire Angel Hernandez (5) after the first inning in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday Oct 9, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in Bronx Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Minutes after the Yankees’ season-ending, 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night, CC Sabathia was surrounded by reporters and answering questions about all the usual topics: his outing, his season, his future, his team, the other team.

And then, not prompted by any particular question, Sabathia wanted to send a message.

“I do need to say this, though,” Sabathia said. “I don’t think Angel Hernandez should be umping playoff games. He’s absolutely terrible. He was terrible behind the plate today. He was terrible at first base. It’s amazing how he’s getting job to umpire in these playoff games.”

Hernandez was the plate umpire Tuesday, for Game 4 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium, a night after several of his calls at first base were overturned by replay review, turning Hernandez into the subject of criticism — even more so than usual, given his less-than-sterling reputation as an umpire.

Below is a transcript of Sabathia’s ensuing comments.

What did you say to Hernandez after the first inning?

That’s just a conversation for us, but he shouldn’t be anywhere near a playoff game.

Is that sentiment shared by others?

Everybody. I think if you go ask them (the Red Sox) on the other side, too.

Was his strike zone tonight not good?

It’s always. It’s always. He’s bad. I don’t understand why he’s doing these games.

How did you feel Monday night, when he was blowing calls at first base, that he would be behind the plate tonight for your start?

It is what it is. It’s just sad that he’s doing these games. It’s crazy.

Would you like to see a system where, when an ump has a night like Hernandez had Monday night, where they can remove him from the series?

Yeah, that’s what we do if we had a bad night. We don’t get to play. I don’t understand why he’s doing playoff games.

Do you think that was the difference tonight?

No. Absolutely not. Not at all. But he shouldn’t be around these playoff games.

Was he bad from the start tonight?

He’s always bad. He’s a bad umpire.

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