MLB Postseason 2018: CC Sabathia says 'terrible' umpire Angel Hernandez shouldn't be calling playoff games

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CC Sabathia was not complimentary of home plate umpire Angel Hernandez after the Yankees lost 4-3 to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Division Series Tuesday.

“He’s always bad,” Sabathia told reporters, via MLB.com. “He’s a bad umpire.”

Sabathia actually stopped his press conference to complain about Hernandez, who had three calls overturned by replay review in the Yankees’ 16-1 loss in Game 3 on Monday.

“He’s absolutely terrible,” Sabathia told reporters, via Newsday. “He was terrible behind the plate today. He was terrible at first base. It’s amazing how he’s getting jobs umpiring in these playoff games.”

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hernandez is in the middle of a lawsuit against MLB saying he was discriminated against for his race. Hernandez, who emigrated from Cuba to the United States, claims in his lawsuit he has been passed over as a crew chief and for postseason assignments throughout his career.

The case was filed in 2017 and was moved to New York on Oct. 1, 2018. 

Sabathia allowed three runs and five hits in three innings Tuesday in what might be his final start in a Yankees uniform. After the first inning he was seen speaking to Hernandez at the plate.

Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello did not agree with Sabathia’s assessment of the way Hernandez called the game.

“Throw the ball over the plate CC,” Porcello told reporters, via the New York Times. “I thought Angel Hernandez called a good game. You gotta out the ball over the white part of the plate and then you get the strikes called.”