Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/6/13
Chipper Jones has been around the block a few times, so when he talks, people usually listen. And if people are listening, games that Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez calls may soon have low ratings. Jones, who retired in October after spending his entire 19-year career with the Braves, was watching his former team play the Phillies on Friday night, and he was none too pleased with how the game was being called. The Braves lost, 5-4, but not before Jones took to Twitter to lash out at Hernandez, the game’s home plate umpire. Hernandez, who has caught his fair share of controversy over his 22-year career — including after a horrendously blown home run call earlier this season — was back at it again Friday night. Presumably, the umpire’s decision in the second inning to eject both Braves catcher Gerald Laird and manager Fredi Gonzalez for arguing balls and strikes caught a nerve with Jones, who claimed he would never watch a game Hernandez calls again and then encouraged fans to do the same. Check out the former Braves slugger’s tweets below. Didn't take Angel long to screw up the strike zone, did it??? Hang with em, Simba!!!— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) July 05, 2013 I will not watch a game, any game, officiated by Angel Hernandez! His incompetence amazes me and I'm tired of MLB doing squat about it! Nite— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) July 05, 2013 Our only recourse, as fans, is to turn the station whenever he, or his crew, are on the field. When viewer numbers go down, MLB will notice.— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) July 06, 2013

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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