James David Riggleman is an American manager and current bench coach with the New York Mets. During his playing career, Riggleman was an infielder and outfielder in the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals minor league systems from 1974 to 1981. After his playing career ended, he managed in the Cardinals and San Diego Padres minor league systems until 1992, when he became the Padres' manager. From 1992 to 2011 Riggleman managed the Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, served as a major league coach with the Dodgers and Nationals between his managerial stints, his most recent major league managerial job was with the Nationals, a post he resigned from on June 23, 2011. Subsequently, he was employed as a scout with the San Francisco Giants. In 2015 he became a coach with the Cincinnati Reds. On April 19, 2018, he became the Reds' interim manager. Riggleman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 amateur draft out of Frostburg State University, he was assigned to the double-A level Waterbury Dodgers, where he played second base.
During the 1976 season, Riggleman transferred to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was assigned to the double-A Arkansas Travelers and played in both infield and outfield, his career peaked at the triple-A level, which he reached in the Cardinals organization in 1977 and 1979. His career ended after the 1981 season at the age of 28. In 1983, Riggleman became manager of the St. Petersburg Cardinals, a class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, he managed at the double-A level in the Cardinals organization—including with the Arkansas Travelers, the team which he spent most of his playing career with—and at the triple-A level in the San Diego Padres organization. Riggleman made his major league managerial debut with the Padres late in the 1992 season—after managing a full season with the triple-A Las Vegas Stars—due to the late season departure of Greg Riddoch, was retained through the 1994 season, he finished with a record of 112 wins and 179 losses. In 1995 he became manager of the Chicago Cubs.
In 1998, Riggleman's Cubs earned a wild card postseason appearance that resulted in a loss to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. Riggleman would manage the Cubs through the 1999 season, he finished with a record of 374 wins and 419 losses. He spent the period from 2001 to 2004 as bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers under manager Jim Tracy. Riggleman began the 2008 season as the bench coach for the Seattle Mariners under new manager John McLaren, he was promoted to interim manager upon McLaren's dismissal on June 19, 2008, but was not retained by the Mariners after the season ended. He finished with a record of 36 wins and 54 losses. Riggleman was named the bench coach of the New York Mets on November 26, 2018. Riggleman was named bench coach for the Washington Nationals for the 2009 season, was promoted to interim manager on July 12, 2009 following Manny Acta's midseason dismissal. Riggleman picked McLaren as his bench coach. Jim Riggleman hired Burton Rocks as his agent and he negotiated his managerial deal with the Washington Nationals in November 2009.
The Nationals retained Riggleman as manager for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but on June 23, 2011, he resigned as manager of the Nationals after a win against the Seattle Mariners and after the team won 11 of its previous 12 games. Riggleman was unhappy, he said he told team management before the game that he "wanted to have a conversation" about his contract before the team left for a series against the Chicago White Sox, but "they didn't want to do that", so he offered his resignation. "I'm 58, I'm too old to be disrespected", he said. He finished with a record of 172 losses. For the 2012 season, Riggleman managed the Cincinnati Reds AA minor league affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos, ending the season with a 68-70 record. On December 12, 2012, Riggleman was promoted to manage the Reds' Class AAA team, the Louisville Bats, in 2013. On January 6, 2014, the Reds announced that Riggleman would return as manager of the Bats in 2014. On November 10, 2014, the Reds announced that Riggleman would be their third base coach for the 2015 season replacing Steve Smith.
On April 19, 2018, Riggleman was named interim manager after the firing of Bryan Price. He was not retained as the manager after the 2018 season; as of games played on April 10, 2019. List of St. Louis Cardinals coaches Jim Riggleman managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference
Major League Baseball on NBC
Major League Baseball on NBC is the de facto branding for weekly broadcasts of Major League Baseball games produced by NBC Sports, televised on the NBC television network. Major League Baseball games first aired on the network from 1947 to 1989, when CBS acquired the broadcast television rights. There have been several variations of the program dating back to the 1940s, including The NBC Game of the Week and Baseball Night in America. From 1947 to 1956 and again in 1965, NBC only aired World Series. From 1957 to 1989, the network aired the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week. From 1994 to 1995, NBC aired games under a joint broadcasting venture with Major League Baseball and ABC called The Baseball Network. From 1996 to 2000, the network's league coverage was reduced to postseason games, as well as the All-Star Game in even-numbered years. NBC television's relationship with Major League Baseball technically dates back to August 26, 1939, it was on that particular date that on W2XBS, the first-ever Major League Baseball game was televised.
With Red Barber announcing, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds played a doubleheader at Ebbets Field. The Reds won the first game 5–2 while the Dodgers won the second, 6–1. Barber called the game without the benefit of a monitor and with only two cameras capturing the game. One camera was on Barber and the other was behind the plate. Barber had to guess where it pointed. By 1947, television sets, most with five and seven-inch screens, were selling as fast as they could be produced; because of this, Major League teams began televising games and attracted a whole new audience into ballparks in the process. People who had only casually followed baseball began going to the games in person. In 1948, Major League Baseball's total attendance reached a record high of 21 million. 1947 saw the first televised World Series. The games were broadcast in the New York City area by NBC's WNBT, CBS's WCBS-TV and DuMont's WABD and sponsored by Gillette and Ford; the 1947 World Series brought in an estimated 3.9 million viewers, becoming television's first mass audience.
In addition to New York City, live coverage of the Series was seen on WRGB in Schenectady/Albany, WPTZ in Philadelphia, WMAR-TV in Baltimore and WTTG in Washington, D. C. In 1948 and 1949, the World Series would be carried on the aforementioned stations, as well as on WBZ-TV and WNAC-TV in Boston, WNHC-TV in New Haven and WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia. In 1949, the World Series was seen live in other Northeastern and Midwestern cities, hooked up to network lines over the previous year. In 1950, the Mutual Broadcasting System acquired the television as well as radio broadcast rights to the World Series and All-Star Game for the next six years. Mutual may have been reindulging in dreams of becoming a television network or taking advantage of a long-standing business relationship. NBC aired the second and third games of the 1951 National League tie-breaker series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants, necessitated by the teams' finishing the regular season in a tie for first place; the three-game pennant playoff, which featured the first baseball games televised live from coast to coast, culminated on October 3 when the Giants won the third and deciding game by the score of 5–4.
Ernie Harwell called the game for Giants television flagship WPIX – the independent station's broadcast was simulcast nationally by NBC – and his description of the home run was a simple shout of "It's gone!" At the moment Thomson's bat struck Ralph Branca's pitch. Harwell admitted he had called it "too soon", but for him, the call proved to be correct. "And then", Harwell recalled, "the pictures took over."The 1951 playoff between Brooklyn and the New York Giants and that year's World Series were the first major league baseball games telecast live from coast-to-coast. On January 31, 1953, the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox joined forces against St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck; the respective franchises tried to force the Browns to play afternoon games in an attempt to avoid having to share television revenues. A month Major League Baseball owners received a warning from Senator Edwin Johnson about nationally televising their games. Johnson's theory was that nationally televising baseball games would be a threat to the survival of minor league baseball.
The owners pretty much ignored Johnson since the games on NBC in particular, were gaining a large and loyal following. Another first for NBC during this period was the first color telecast of a World Series, the 1955 matchup between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. By 1950, World Ser
Richard Lee Sutcliffe, nicknamed "The Red Baron" is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles and the St. Louis Cardinals between 1976 and 1994. Sutcliffe is a broadcaster for ESPN. A right-hander, Sutcliffe was a three-time All-Star, he won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1979 and the National League Cy Young Award in 1984. Sutcliffe's first full season in the majors was 1979, he won 17 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was the first of four consecutive Rookies of the Year for the Dodgers from 1979–1982. While Sutcliffe did not appear on the Dodgers' roster for their 1981 World Series championship run, he was awarded a World Series ring by the team; the Dodgers traded Sutcliffe to the Cleveland Indians for Jorge Orta, a journeyman outfielder on December 9, 1981. Sutcliffe won 31 games over the course of the next two seasons for Cleveland and led the American League in earned run average in 1982.
In mid-1984, Cleveland traded a struggling Sutcliffe to the Chicago Cubs for Mel Hall and Joe Carter. Sutcliffe rebounded and won 16 games for the Cubs while losing only one, helping them to the division championship. On October 2, 1984, he started the first game of the NLCS against the San Diego Padres, giving up two hits and no runs, not only gaining the victory, but hitting a home run in the third inning. Five days Sutcliffe pitched the final game of the series at Jack Murphy Stadium, but posted the loss after giving up four runs in the seventh inning. Rick won the Cy Young Award with a unanimous vote, beating out Bruce Sutter, he finished fourth in the league MVP voting. When he re-signed with the Cubs as a free agent the following year, his contract made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. Sutcliffe started the 1985 season strong, going 5-3 in his first eight starts, including two complete game shutouts. A hamstring pull on May 19, limited his starts for the year, followed by a series of arm injuries limited Sutcliffe's effectiveness over the next two seasons.
In 1987, he bounced back to win 18 games and finished second in the league's Cy Young voting to Steve Bedrosian despite playing for a last-place Cubs team which featured National League Most Valuable Player Andre Dawson. He was presented 1987's Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a Major League player who demonstrates sportsmanship and community involvement. On July 29, 1988 in Philadelphia, Rick achieved one of baseball's rarest feats for a pitcher, by stealing home plate during an 8-3 win over the Phillies, in which he notched the victory. In 1989, Sutcliffe won 16 games and made his final All-Star appearance, where he was managed once again by Tommy Lasorda, he helped the Cubs to another division title, but the Cubs lost to the San Francisco Giants in the playoffs. Recurring arm injuries caused Sutcliffe to miss most of the 1990 and 1991 seasons and the Cubs did not offer him a contract for the next season. Signing with the Baltimore Orioles, Sutcliffe went 16–15 and 10–10 in 1992 and 1993, starting the first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
He ended his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1994, he retired with a career record of 171–139, with an ERA of 4.08. He holds the unique distinction of having won each of the following league awards, once each, each in a different season: Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award, ERA leader, wins leader. After his retirement from baseball, Sutcliffe was the pitching coach for the Idaho Falls Chukars in 1996 and 1997. After his coaching stint in Idaho Falls, Sutcliffe became a color commentator for the San Diego Padres on Channel 4 San Diego, ESPN and DirecTV/MLB International, as well as a minor-league pitching coach in the San Diego Padres system for a couple of seasons, he broadcasts the World Series and either the ALCS or NLCS for MLB International, where he is teamed with Gary Thorne. In previous years he has appeared with Dave O'Brien. On March 13, 2008, Sutcliffe was diagnosed with "maintainable" colon cancer, he underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments in his hometown of Kansas City during the spring of 2008 and returned to work with ESPN on May 21, 2008.
He continues to maintain a positive attitude and credits this to his faith in Jesus, strong family encouragement, incredible friends and immense support all over the world. As a result of his trials, he has shown great interest in motivational speaking about overcoming trials through your faith for groups such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes. List of Major League Baseball pitchers who have hit home runs in the postseason Rick Sutcliffe's ESPN Bio Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet
Robert Quinlan Costas is an award-winning American sportscaster, employed by MLB Network, where he does play-by-play and hosts an interview show called Studio 42 with Bob Costas. He is known for his long on the air tenure with NBC Sports from 1980 through 2018, many Emmy awards, he was the prime-time host of 11 Olympic Games from 1992 until 2016. Costas was born in Queens, New York City, grew up in Commack, New York, he is the son of Jayne, of Irish descent, John George Costas, an electrical engineer of Greek descent. His father's ancestry can be traced back to the island of Kalymnos in the Aegean Sea in Greece; as Costas stated on Ken Burns' Baseball, he had a poor relationship with his father. Costas graduated from Commack High School South and attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, he graduated with a communications degree in 1974 from their S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In 1973, Costas began his professional career at WSYR TV and radio in Syracuse, while still completing his communications degree at the S.
I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, his sportscasting career began while attending Syracuse University, serving as an announcer for the Syracuse Blazers minor-league hockey team playing in the Eastern Hockey League and North American Hockey League. After graduating in 1974 at the age of 22, Costas went to KMOX radio in St. Louis, calling play-by-play for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association in 1974, he was a prominent contributor to the ABA book Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. He is extensively quoted on many topics; the book includes his reflections of ABA life during his tenure as radio voice of the Spirits of St. Louis. Costas would call Missouri Tigers basketball and co-host KMOX's Open Line call-in program, he did play-by-play for Chicago Bulls broadcasts on WGN-TV during the 1979–1980 NBA season. He was employed by CBS Sports as a regional CBS NFL and CBS NBA announcer from 1976 to 1979, after which he moved to NBC.
When Costas was hired by NBC, Don Ohlmeyer, who at the time ran the network's sports division, told the 28-year-old Costas that he looked like a 14-year-old. Costas would recite this anecdote during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Ohlmeyer based his reaction on boyish, baby-faced appearance. For many years, Costas hosted NBC's National Football League NBA coverage, he did play-by-play for National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball coverage. With the introduction of the NBC Sports Network, Costas became the host of the new monthly interview program Costas Tonight. On March 30, 2015, it was announced that Costas would join forces with Marv Albert and Al Michaels on the April 11, 2015, edition of NBC's primetime PBC on NBC boxing series. Costas was added to serve as a special contributor for the event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he would write a feature on the storied history of boxing in New York City. Costas has hosted NBC's coverage of the U. S. Open golf tournament from 2003-2014.
For baseball telecasts, Costas teamed with Sal Bando, Tony Kubek, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker. One of his most memorable broadcasts occurred on June 23, 1984. Costas, along with Tony Kubek, was calling the Saturday baseball Game of the Week from Chicago's Wrigley Field; the game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in particular was cited for putting Ryne Sandberg "on the map". In the ninth inning, the Cubs, trailing 9–8, faced the premier relief pitcher of the time, Bruce Sutter. Sandberg not known for his power, slugged a home run to left field against the Cardinals' ace closer. Despite this dramatic act, the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the tenth. Sandberg came up again in the tenth inning. Sandberg shocked the national audience by hitting a second home run farther into the left field bleachers, to tie the game again; the Cubs went on to win in the 11th inning. When Sandberg hit that second home run, Costas said, "Do you believe it?!" The Cardinals' Willie McGee hit for the cycle in the same game.
While hosting Game 4 of the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics on NBC, Costas angered many members of the Dodgers by commenting before the start of the game that the Dodgers quite were about to put up the weakest-hitting lineup in World Series history. That comment fired up the Dodgers' competitive spirit. After the Dodgers had won Game 4, Lasorda sarcastically suggested the MVP of the 1988 World Series should be Bob Costas. Besides calling the 1989 American League Championship Series for NBC, Costas filled in for a ill Vin Scully, who had come down with laryngitis, for Game 2 of the 1989 National League Championship Series alongside Tom Seaver. Game 2 of the NLCS took place on Thursday, October 5, an off day for the ALCS. NBC decided to fly Costas from Toronto to Chicago to substitute for Scully on Thursday night. Afterward, Costas flew back to Toronto. Costas anchored NBC's pre- and post-game shows for NFL broadcasts and the pre and post-game shows for numerous World Series and Major League Baseball All-Star Games during the 1980s.
In baseball statistics, a hit called a base hit, is credited to a batter when the batter safely reaches first base after hitting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielder's choice. To achieve a hit, the batter must reach first base before any fielder can either tag him with the ball, throw to another player protecting the base before the batter reaches it, or tag first base while carrying the ball; the hit is scored the moment. If a batter reaches first base because of offensive interference by a preceding runner, he is credited with a hit. A hit for one base is called a single, for two bases a double, for three bases a triple. A home run is scored as a hit. Doubles and home runs are called extra base hits. An "infield hit" is a hit. Infield hits are uncommon by nature, most earned by speedy runners. A no-hitter is a game. Throwing a no-hitter is rare and considered an extraordinary accomplishment for a pitcher or pitching staff. In most cases in the professional game, no-hitters are accomplished by a single pitcher who throws a complete game.
A pitcher who throws a no-hitter could still allow runners to reach base safely, by way of walks, hit batsmen, or batter reaching base due to interference or obstruction. If the pitcher allows no runners to reach base in any manner whatsoever, the no-hitter is a perfect game. In 1887, Major League Baseball counted bases on balls as hits; the result was skyrocketing batting averages, including some near.500. The experiment was abandoned the following season. There is controversy regarding; the number of legitimate walks and at-bats are known for all players that year, so computing averages using the same method as in other years is straightforward. In 1968, Major League Baseball formed a Special Baseball Records Committee to resolve this issues; the Committee ruled. In 2000, Major League Baseball reversed its decision, ruling that the statistics which were recognized in each year's official records should stand in cases where they were proven incorrect. Most current sources list O'Neill's 1887 average as.435.
He would retain his American Association batting championship. However, the variance between methods results in differing recognition for the 1887 National League batting champion. Cap Anson would be recognized, with his.421 average, if walks are included, but Sam Thompson would be the champion at.372 if they are not. The official rulebook of Major League Baseball states in Rule 10.05: The official scorer shall credit a batter with a base hit when: the batter reaches first base safely on a fair ball that settles on the ground, that touches a fence before being touched by a fielder or that clears a fence. The batter reaches first base safely on a fair ball that takes an unnatural bounce so that a fielder cannot handle it with ordinary effort, or that touches the pitcher's plate or any base before being touched by a fielder and bounces so that a fielder cannot handle the ball with ordinary effort. Rule 10.05 Comment: In applying Rule 10.05, the official scorer shall always give the batter the benefit of the doubt.
A safe course for the official scorer to follow is to score a hit when exceptionally good fielding of a ball fails to result in a putout. The official scorer shall not credit a base hit when a: runner is forced out by a batted ball, or would have been forced out except for a fielding error; the official scorer shall charge the batter with an at-bat but not a hit. The official scorer shall charge the batter with an at-bat but not a hit.
Turner Field was a stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1997 to 2016, it served as the home ballpark to the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. Built as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 to serve as the centerpiece of the 1996 Summer Olympics, the stadium was converted into a baseball park to serve as the new home of the team; the Braves moved less than one block from Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, which served as their home ballpark for 31 seasons from 1966 to 1996. Opening during the Braves' "division dominance" years, Turner Field hosted the NLDS a total of 11 times; the Braves played the final game at Turner Field on October 2, 2016, a 1–0 win over the Detroit Tigers. The franchise allowed its lease on the facility to expire at the end of the calendar year. In 2017, the team moved to the newly-constructed SunTrust Park, located in nearby Cobb County; the stadium has been reconfigured for the second time, redesigned for college football as Georgia State Stadium. Architecture firm Heery was responsible for both stadium conversions.
The ballpark was built in the Southeastern Atlanta neighborhood of Summerhill. Across the street from the former home of the Braves, Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, demolished in the summer of 1997 and replaced with a parking lot; the parking lot is painted with the field configuration of the old ballpark. The section of the outfield wall with the monument marking where Hank Aaron's 715th home run went over it was reinstalled in its original location, still stands today. From 2002 to 2004, the failed Fanplex entertainment center was located adjacent to the stadium's parking lot; the stadium contained 5,372 club seats, 64 luxury suites, three party suites. The most popular name choice among Atlanta residents for the new stadium at the time of its construction was Hank Aaron Stadium. After the ballpark was instead named after Ted Turner, the city of Atlanta renamed the section of Capitol Avenue on which the stadium sits Hank Aaron Drive, giving Turner Field the street number 755, after Aaron's home run total.
The stadium was constructed as the 85,000-seat Centennial Olympic Stadium and used for the 1996 Summer Olympics. After the 1996 Summer Paralympics, which followed the Olympics, much of the north end of the stadium was removed in order to convert it to its permanent use as a 49,000-seat baseball park; the stadium hosted the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball from 1997 to 2016, following a multimillion-dollar renovation to retrofit the stadium for baseball by removing the temporary stands that had made up nearly half the stadium and building the outfield stands and other attractions behind them. After the 1996 Olympics were complete the stadium was leased by the Atlanta Braves. Private entities, including NBC and other Olympic sponsors, agreed to pay a large sum of the cost to build Centennial Olympic Stadium; the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games sought to build the stadium in a way that it could be converted to a new baseball stadium, ACOG paid for the conversion. This was considered a good agreement for both the Braves.
The 71,228 seat Georgia Dome had been completed four years earlier by the state of Georgia, so there was no need for another large stadium in downtown Atlanta. Furthermore, the Braves had been exploring opportunities for a new stadium; the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority owns Turner Field and leased it to the Braves, who operated the stadium. The end of the Braves' most recent lease in 2016 coincided with the team's departure for SunTrust Park; because of the need to fit a track within the stadium in its earlier configuration, the field of play foul territory, while not large by historical standards, was still larger than most MLB stadiums of its era. The fence line around the north main entrance, beyond left field, marks the original extent of Centennial Olympic Stadium. Turner Field was a new facility, being younger than 14 of Major League Baseball's other 29 stadiums at the time of the Braves' last game there. However, the Braves executives complained that its downtown location restricted game attendance because of traffic into the city and a shortage of on-site parking.
The stadium was ¾ mile from the nearest Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority stop, many fans were unwilling to brave Atlanta's infamous congestion to attend games. In addition, team VP for business operations Mike Plant said the site "doesn't match up with where the majority of our fans come from", as the stadium is near some of Atlanta's poorest neighborhoods. Plant said that while the Braves operated Turner Field, they had no control over the commercial development around the stadium. Other stadiums built in recent years have been accompanied by shopping and entertainment facilities in the surrounding area. According to Braves team president John Schuerholz, Turner Field required $150 million in renovation costs for structural upkeep, including replacing seats and plumbing, to remain operating for the future, he estimated. The Braves were in talks in 2013 with the Recreational Authority over extending the team's original lease, Plant said, but those talks broke down. Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the city coul
Ángel Hernández (umpire)
Ángel Hernández is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He worked in the National League from 1991 to 1999, has worked throughout MLB since 2000. In July 2017, Hernández filed a federal lawsuit against MLB, alleging racial discrimination led to him being overlooked for World Series games and crew chief promotions, he has since umpired in the 2017 All-Star Game, 2017 American League Division Series, the 2018 American League Division Series in addition to regular-season work. Hernández now lives in Florida. In 2015 he returned to Cuba for the first time. A few months he returned to umpire the first game in the country involving an MLB team since 1999. Hernández does charity work for disabled children, including hosting a celebrity golf tournament every year. Hernández umpired in the World Series in 2002 and 2005, as well as the All-Star Game in 1999, 2009, 2017, he has officiated in seven League Championship Series, in ten League Division Series. Hernández worked Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS as an injury fill-in for Derryl Cousins.
For the second half of the 2011 baseball season, Hernández was moved from the umpiring crew of Joe West to the crew of Gerry Davis. Hernández wore number 5 while in the National League, but the number was taken by Dale Scott when the umpires were consolidated under MLB in 2000, so Hernández took number 55. After Scott's retirement in 2017, Hernández regained his number 5 for the 2018 season. In 1999 Hernández was ranked 31st out of 36 in the Major League Baseball Players Association survey, he was retained for the 2000 season ahead of 13 of his National League colleagues, which the Philadelphia Inquirer termed one of the "surprises" of the 1999 purge. In 2006 and 2011 he was listed as the third-worst umpire in Sports Illustrated polls and a 2010 ESPN survey showed that 22% of major league ballplayers asked identified Hernández as the worst umpire in the major leagues. In 2016, MLB rated Hernández' accuracy behind the plate at 96.88 percent, said he didn't miss any calls on the basepath. In 1998, Hernández was behind the plate for a game between the Mets and the Braves, the day before the All-Star break was to begin.
In the 11th inning Braves runner Michael Tucker tagged up on a fly ball to left. Replays showed the throw to catcher Mike Piazza beating Tucker and that Tucker never touched the plate but Hernández ruled Tucker safe. After the game Piazza called the call the worst he'd seen in his baseball career and other Mets opined that Hernández may have been in a hurry to get the game over with so they could all start their break. In 2001, Hernández was blamed for ejecting Steve McMichael, a former Chicago Bears football player, who had taken a shot at Hernández's umpiring over the Chicago Cubs PA system after being introduced as the guest singer for "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", it was revealed crew chief Randy Marsh had ordered the ejection. On July 17, 2006, Hernández was the third base umpire and ejected Dodgers' first base coach Mariano Duncan; when Duncan came out of the dugout to argue the ejection, he tossed his cap onto the ground in anger. After Duncan was removed from the field, Hernández picked up the cap and tossed it to a fan in the stands.
The next day, Duncan taped his cap to his head before delivering the Dodgers' lineup to the umpires. Duncan was fined by Major League Baseball as a result of the incident. Hernández was behind the plate for the final game at the old Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008, he was umpiring at third base when Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter on May 2, 2012, Hernández was the third base umpire on September 28, 2012, when Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2013, Hernández served as the crew chief for a series when the Oakland Athletics lost to the Cleveland Indians 4–3. In the ninth inning he and two other umpires ruled a long hit by the Athletics' Adam Rosales as a double following a video review. Oakland's manager Bob Melvin argued the call, Hernández ejected him from the game. MLB acknowledged that the hit should have been called a home run but said that it was too late to overturn it. Several umpires argued that the replay system did not provide clear enough pictures and the system was changed.
In August 2017, Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined $10,000 by MLB, for critical comments he made about Hernández. During the 2016, 2017, 2018 seasons, Hernández's calls at first base were overturned in 14 out of 18 video reviews, for a 78% overturn rate, exceeding the 60% overturn rate for all first-base calls during that time period. On October 8, 2018, Hernández was the first base umpire for Game 3 of the 2018 American League Division Series between the Yankees and Red Sox. Four out of five plays. TBS analyst and Hall of Famer Pedro Martínez said after the game: "Angel was horrible. Don't get me going on Angel now. Major League Baseball needs to do something about Angel, it doesn't matter. He's as bad as there is." Hernández declined to comment after the game, a blowout win for the Red Sox, but MLB issued a statement through a spokesperson: "There were several close calls at first base tonight, we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them."
In July 2017, Hernández filed a federal lawsuit against MLB, alleging racial discrimination led to him being overlooked for World Series games and crew chief promotions. He cite