Watch: MLB Umpire's Strangely Bad Call Stuns Announcers


Angel Hernandez has long been considered by many to be one of the worst umpires in Major League Baseball.

He struck again Tuesday in a game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hernandez blew a series of strike calls that enraged Yankees fans on social media and left the team’s television announcers laughing in disbelief.

One particularly glaring error came in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka facing the Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk.

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“Wow. Right down the middle,” one of the announcers said. Both commentators then started laughing in amazement.

Here is a graphic depiction of Hernandez’s call:

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Tanaka couldn’t believe it either. After he got the throw back from Sanchez, Tanaka held up his arms as if to say, “What the heck, dude?”

On the very next pitch, a rattled Tanaka gave up a home run to Grichuk.

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That wasn’t the only blown call by Hernandez that inning. The video below shows three other questionable calls.

Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer later that inning to make it 3-2 in favor of the Blue Jays, and then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single that made it 4-2.

The Yankees would score just one more run, as the Blue Jays won the game 4-3.

Fans vented their frustrations with Hernandez on social media.

Amazingly, Hernandez has been an umpire since 1991, despite massive criticism over the years from both fans and players.

The Yankees fell to 38-21, while the Blue Jays improved to 22-38.

The Yankees hold a 2.5-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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