Yankees’ Sabathia on ump Hernandez: ‘Absolutely terrible’

CC Sabathia had harsh words for umpire Angel Hernandez following Tuesday night’s series-clinching 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, saying Hernandez isn’t worthy of handling postseason games.”He’s absolutely terrible,” said Sabathia, who gave up three runs on five hits over three innings, with two walks and a strikeout. “He was terrible behind the plate (Tuesday). He was terrible at first base [in Monday’s game]. It’s amazing how he’s getting jobs umpiring in these playoff games.”Asked if Hernandez was the reason the Yankees lost, Sabathia replied, “”Not at all.””But he shouldn’t be around these playoff games,” Sabathia, who finished with 35 strikes on 59 pitches, added. “He’s always bad. He’s a bad umpire.”Hernandez’s assignment as home-plate umpire for Game 4 became a talking point after he was criticized for his performance at Game 3 on Monday. Four plays at first base were reviewed in the first four innings, and three were overturned. Many players have been critical of Hernandez as an umpire in the past, and prominent former players including newly enshrined Chipper Jones expressed their disapproval during Monday’s game.Sabathia said he thinks there should be a way to remove an umpire from other games in a series after having a poor performance.”Yeah, that’s what we do,” he said. “We have a bad night, we don’t get to play. I don’t understand why he’s doing playoff games.”

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