Umpire Angel Hernandez, who had three calls overturned by instant replay in the first four innings of Monday’s Game 3 of the Yankees-Red Sox ALDS and is currently suing Major League Baseball for alleged racial discrimination, was slated to call balls and strikes for Tuesday night’s Game 4.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora was asked before the game if he had any concerns about Hernandez drawing the important assignment in what could be a clinching game for Boston and an elimination game for the Yankees.
“No,” Cora said. “There’s a reason he’s in this series and he has a job to do just like all of us.”
Hernandez has a reputation as one of baseball’s worst umpires. He filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball on July 3, 2017. Hernandez claims MLB has discriminated against him for plumb assignments such as World Series games and has not let him become a crew chief because he is Hispanic and that the discrimination stems from a dispute with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, who is now MLB’s chief baseball officer. MLB denies the charges.
The suit, which was filed in federal court in Cincinnati, was just transferred on Oct. 1 by a judge to the Southern District of New York at MLB’s request.
Hernandez’s blown calls in Game 3 brought a torrent of reaction from former major league players on social media and elsewhere.
Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, on TBS’ postgame show, said: “Angel is horrible. Major League Baseball needs to do something about Angel. It doesn’t matter how much he sues Major League Baseball. He’s as bad as there is.’’
Hernandez declined comment after Game 3. An MLB spokesman released a statement that said: “There were several very close calls at first base tonight, and we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them.”
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit was asked if Hernandez said anything to him during the game about the three reversed calls.
“He just said, ‘I’ll get the next one right,’ “ Voit said.