- Angel Hernandez (umpire)
Ángel Hernández (born
August 26 1961in Havana, Cuba) is an umpire in Major League Baseballwho has worked in the National Leaguefrom 1991 to 1999, and throughout both major leagues since 2000. He has umpired in the World Seriesin 2002 and 2005, as well as the 1999 All-Star Game. He has officiated in 4 League Championship Series– 2 in each league (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004), and in 4 National League Division Series(1997, 1998, 2002, 2005). Hernández wears the uniform number 55. [ [http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/umpires/bio.jsp?id=2443 The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Official info: Umpires: Roster ] ]
Hernández has been involved in a number of high-profile incidents with players and even fans. On August 7, 2001, he ejected a guest singer of "
Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field. The ejectee was former Chicago Bearsplayer Steve McMichael, who had taken a shot at Hernandez' umpiring after being introduced as the guest singer. [AP Online, August 8, 2001]
On July 17, 2006, Hernández ejected Dodgers' first base coach
Mariano Duncanwhile umpiring third base. When Duncan came out of the dugout to argue the ejection, he tossed his cap onto the ground in anger. Immediately after his peers brought Duncan back into the dugout, Hernández picked up the cap and tossed it to a fan in the stands. [ [http://mlb.mlb.com/content/printer_friendly/la/y2006/m07/d17/c1561779.jsp Dodgers lose and may lose Kent to DL ] ] The next day Duncan taped his cap onto his head right before delivering the Dodgers' lineup to the umpires. [ [http://mlb.mlb.com/content/printer_friendly/la/y2006/m07/d20/c1567061.jsp Notes: Little rearranges lineup ] ]
Hernández has had multiple confrontations with
Boston Red Soxshortstop Julio Lugo. In April 2007, Lugo attempted to call timeout and stepped out of the batter's box just as the pitcher went into his windup, and Hernández called the resulting pitch a strike. This began an argument between Lugo and Hernández, but did not result in any ejection. On May 27, 2008, Lugo was among multiple Red Sox who asked for a check swing ruling from Hernández, umpiring at third base. Hernández stared at Lugo, Lugo asked why he was looking at him, and Hernández abruptly ejected Lugo from the game. When Boston manager Terry Franconaasked why Lugo was thrown out, Hernández ejected him as well. [ [http://www.courant.com/services/newspaper/printedition/sports/hc-ejection-0528,0,4879864.story Lugo, Francona Ejected In Bizarre Scene] ]
In a 1999 survey conducted by the Major League Baseball Players Association, Hernández was ranked 31st out of 36 National League umpires. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 7, 1999] However, later that year Hernández was asked to return for the 2000 season while 13 of his NL colleagues were let go. Given his low ranking, the Philadelphia Inquirer termed the retention of Hernández one of the "surprises" of the 1999 purge. [Philadelphia Inquirer, July 30, 1999]
* [http://www.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/official_info/umpires/bio.jsp?id=2443 Major league profile]
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