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Hernandez, ump in Oakland-Cleveland controversy, was in middle of things in Buffalo in 1991

By Mike Harrington

I threw this link up on Twitter earlier this afternoon and it's getting quite a run thanks to a retweet from Joe Posnanski, the former KC Star and Sports Illustrated columnist and noted author now working for NBCSports.com.

It's about a 1991 game at then-Pilot Field where home plate umpire Angel Hernandez blew a game-ending call at home plate and precipitated a huge rhubarb with the visiting Iowa Cubs. It was great stuff. Catcher jumping up and down and throwing equipment and all!

Why do I bring it up? Because Hernandez was in the middle of things Wednesday night in Cleveland. Adam Rosario's apparent game-tying home run in the top of the ninth was ruled a double -- even after replays clearly showed it was a home run because it hit a railing in the front of the Progressive Field bleachers before bouncing back on the field. See the replay at the top of this post

Hernandez then ejected A's manager Bob Melvin which, technically, is automatic for an umpire challenging a review decision. But still sophomoric. And then he told a pool reporter afterward he wouldn't do an interview unless she turned off her tape recorder. And the reporter was San Francisco Chronicle veteran Susan Slusser, the president of the Baseball Writers Association of America!

What a buffoon. Hernandez had an Eric Gregg-like strike zone during the World Baseball Classic and is universally hailed as the worst umpire in the game. Here's another addition to the list. How does this guy keep his job?

I'll have plenty more to say about replay in Sunday's Inside Baseball column. Be sure to check it out.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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