Ian Kinsler Says Umpire Angel Hernandez ‘Needs To Find Another Job’
Just in case you haven’t heard, Umpire Angel Hernandez is not well liked around Major League Baseball.
Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler saw his night end rather quickly on Monday when he got ejected from the game after he argued with umpire Angel Hernandez about a first-strike call. The count was even at 1-1 at that moment.
After being shown the door, Kinsler got into a heated discussion with Hernandez before leaving the field. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus also came out to argue and saw his night end early as well after he too got ejected.
Following the game, Kinsler was not in a good mood. He let his feelings be known about the controversial ump.
“I didn’t even cuss at him,” Kinsler said. “I said, ‘You need to re-evaluate your life, man. Just go home right now. Get out of the game. Just leave the game alone. Please.’”
“There needs to be something that’s done,” he said.
“It has to do with changing the game,” the Tigers’ second baseman told Beck. “(Hernandez) is changing the game. He needs to find another job. He really does.
“I’m just saying,” Kinsler added, “it’s pretty obvious that he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”
“Sure,” he said. “If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it. He’s messing with baseball games, blatantly.”
“Arguing with umpires is part of the game,” Kinsler said. “That’s just part of the game. They’re not perfect and we all know that. And if they’re trying hard to do well, then they at least have the respect of the players. But when an umpire is blatantly missing calls – blatantly, not like, ‘Oh, that could have been a strike,’ or the guy caught it well or visually it looks like a strike and he just missed it – when it’s blatant, like a number of calls yesterday, probably eight pitches that were thrown that were not and some right down the middle that were called balls.”
Here’s that controversial moment in the fifth inning: