Video shows how many calls Angel Hernandez blew
MLB home plate umpire Angel Hernandez (5) signals during the fifth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.  Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

There are few umpires in MLB history with a worse reputation than Angel Hernandez, and he once again reminded fans of why during Tuesday’s game between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels.

Hernandez was the home plate umpire for Houston’s 4-2 win. To say that he had a rather large strike zone throughout the game would be a massive understatement. Here’s a video that shows all the questionable ball-strike calls Hernandez made in the contest.

In Hernandez’s defense, some of those pitches were just barely outside the electronic strike zone, and plenty of umpires miss similar calls. He also seemed to be calling strikes for both teams on pitches that were well outside the zone, so at least he was consistent.

All that said, this is obviously a frustrating theme for Hernandez. The 59-year-old has been an MLB umpire since 1991 and has long faced criticism for his controversial calls. He was even ruthlessly mocked by TV announcers during a spring training this year because of his reputation. 

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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