At the very least, the players will not need to worry about Angel Hernandez at the beginning of the MLB playoffs begin.
Assignments for the first two rounds of the playoffs have been revealed and Hernandez is conspicuously absent. He is also not included in the list of replay officials for the first two rounds either.
MLB postseason dodges Angel Hernandez bullet – so far
This is clearly a sigh of relief for the players. His inability to be close to accurate with a strike zone has become a source of consternation for the players and the league. Add in his combative attitude, the fact that he seems to umpire a completely different game than the one that is taking place, and questionable understanding of the rule book, and Hernandez is one of the last people they want to see on the diamond.
Even if the league will not publicly admit it, they are likely breathing a sigh of relief. Keeping Hernandez at home for the postseason means that the focus and conversation will be on the games themselves instead of whatever buffoonery Hernandez is up to. He can watch butterflies and stare off into the distance on his own time instead of having virtually every call questioned.
Chances are, Hernandez will find some reason to be affronted by his lack of a postseason assignment. He has continually tried to claim discrimination as to why he has been passed over for those assignments, and a promotion to crew chief. However, incompetence does not care about color or origin.
The postseason is a time when the best of the best should be involved. While that may not be the case with the likes of Laz Diaz as part of one of the umpiring crews, at least they kept CB Bucknor on the sidelines also. One distraction, if nothing else, will be pushed aside.
The MLB playoffs are finally upon us. And fortunately, we will not have to be as concerned with incompetence since Angel Hernandez is back home.