Say what you want about Hawk Harrelson's homerism with the White Sox, but in some cases, his bluntness is completely justified. That was the case on Friday night in Chicago, when first base umpire Angel Hernandez blew yet another call. This one wasn't nearly as dreadful as his ignorance of the replay rule in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago, but it was pretty awful.
In the bottom of the tenth, Alex Rios of the White Sox hit a slow roller to short with the bases loaded. Adeiny Hechavarria flipped to Derek Deitrich for the second out of the inning, and Dietrich threw over to first baseman Nick Green for the inning-ending third out. However, it was pretty clear to anyone watching live (not even with the benefit of replay) that Rios was safe.
Harrelson's reaction was perfect, acting as if someone ran over his dog. "OH NO! NO! NO! NO! [...] He is SAFE, and ANOTHER blown call by Hernandez!" Even Steve Stone sounded angry in the booth next to Hawk. This is one of those rare cases where Harrelson's complete and utter rage was totally justified, and should be lauded rather than mocked. It just accentuates that MLB has an umpiring problem that needs to be settled.
So, are they ever going to do anything about Angel Hernandez? He's been terrible for a decade. What other industry gives you a decade to be terrible without actually relieving you of your job? Is the umpire market really that thin? Get rid of this asshole.
Lol, ok ok. They miss calls, I know. All officials in all sports do. But it simply seems to me that the NBA refs' missed/blown calls tend to effect the outcome of the games much more. And as for Hawk? Yes, he loves his team, and has tremendous zeal, which I appreciate to no end. However, I think it goes too far at times, where absolutely no respect is shown for the other team, and he is way too critical of the officiating, even when it's good. There's a reason he's often referred to as the worst announcer in baseball...
I can stand the homerism. He goes over the top with it but I think that if you broadcast a team for as long as he has, its inevitable that you're bound to be a "homer" but what is so infuriating about him is his pouting and temper tantrums that he throws on the air. The Seattle call was more egregious than that one and those announcers seemed to keep it together. Why can't Hawk?
"And you can take it off the booooooooooooooooooooooooard.............................................YES!!"
Did you see the Jeff Nelson call from last night in Seattle? http://www.bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/2013-articles/may/umpire-horrifically-blows-call-in-seattle.html Yeah, there's an umpiring problem.
I don't think you should ever get angry as "your team's" broadcaster. Exasperated at the call perhaps, but Hawk did this a couple times last year too. He's not the manager he's the play by play call. If the fans are upset at the call, let them be upset. But be the conduit, not the manager
I'm not sure there is an umpire problem as you state in your article. Sure umpires blow calls, but they usually get them right more than not, which naturally doesn't garner headlines. However, they do seem to have an Angel Hernandez problem. Two terrible calls in a couple of weeks? He needs to be suspended for 100 games like a PED player's second offense. And please....enhanced replay.....
I get a kick out of media outside of Chicago always referring to the announcers for Chicago teams as "homers". Who the hell do you think pay these guys? The announcers in any market are "homers".
I'll admit that Vin Scully's the most professional announcer around, but if you don't think he's pulling for the Dodgers, you're bat guano crazy!
>What other industry gives you a decade to be terrible without actually relieving you of your job?
Clarence Thomas has been on the Supreme Court since 1991.
@martind1 The MLB's umpiring problem is Angel Hernandez (and 1 or 2 others). The NBA's officiating problem is everyone.
@JimPeterson When pitcher Clayton Kershaw hit a game winning homer on opening day, the Dodgers, after playing Vin Scully's call on their website, played Giant announcer John Miller's call of the same play. It was quite a tribute to Miller-- and deserved, because Miller sounded just as excited about the play as he would have been if a Giant had done it.
The fact is, many announcers are either not really homers at all (if they root, they keep it off the air) or are pretty mild ones (maybe increasing their voice an inflection point when "their" team does something good). And there are other announcers who are constantly saying "we", berating the officials only when they calls go against their team, screaming when their team does something good, crying when their team gets beat, etc. That's what people mean when they say "homer". And no, Vin Scully is not like that. I've listened to him do Dodger games for almost four decades. Pull up his call of Henry Aaron's 715th home run if you have any doubt.
Yeah and a lot of home announcers do say "we" or sound to have a rooting interesting. With that said, the problem with Hawk goes beyond being a homer. He doesn't even call the game. He is basically a fan in the booth.
Like when they tied the Royals in KC and said, "dagnabit!!!" I am an Indians fan, and they get homerish as well (also they can be meh quality wiese), but at least they, uh, call the double play as it happens. Unlike the crap above.