The Yankees collected their doubleheader in Philadelphia late in Game 1 on Wednesday. They were about to bring the tying run to the plate. . . until umpire Angel Hernandez did what he does, which is to miss a pitch.
Hernandez called out Mike Ford after a strike on a full count field that Ball should have been 4. If the field had been called correctly, the Yankees would have got the bases loaded with one out and Miguel Andujar at the plate in an 11-7 game.
Ford was not happy, of course, Yankees manager Aaron Boone was not happy and New York’s third base coach Phil Nevin was really not happy. Nevin was ejected for arguing with balls and blows. With Citizens Bank Park empty due to COVID-19, everyone heard how unhappy he and the bombers were. Dirty language ahead:
“We all know you don’t want to be here,” Nevin told Hernandez as he walked over to the dugout.
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YES Network broadcasters pointed out that Yankees starter JA Happ did not receive similar calls during his shortened outing. But that’s Hernandez, who has earned a reputation as one of MLB’s worst referees.
He was also the center of off-field controversy. He sued MLB in 2017, alleging racial discrimination (he is of Cuban descent) for the reason that he was denied assignments in the postseason (he later showed why he should not have been in the playoffs.)
In June, MLB accused him of overhearing a phone call set up to investigate why Hernandez postponed a Red Sox-Rays match for 20 minutes because of a line of argument. Hernandez’s lawyer The Athletic said that Hernandez was invited to participate in the call.
Hernandez was not scheduled to play Game 2 of the Yankees-Phillies doubleheader after standing behind the plate for the opener.