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Major League Baseball thinks Bryce Harper “recklessly endangered fans” when he tossed his helmet into the stands at Citizens Bank Park after being ejected on a horrible check-swing call in the final home game of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Angel Hernandez was the third base umpire during the game and called Bryce Harper out on a check-swing. After the call, Harper stormed down the third base line to plead his case to Hernandez and was ultimately ejected from the game. On his way back to the dugout, Harp tossed his helmet into the stands.
Bryce Harper Ejected by Angel Hernandez, Tosses Helmet into Stands
Bryce was just ejected for being correct pic.twitter.com/NUDPF9OOOB— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 28, 2023
The result was Major League Baseball fining Harper $5,000.00 for recklessly endangering fans in attendance at Citizens Bank Park.
Bryce Harper was fined $5,000 by Major League Baseball for throwing his helmet in the stands last week after being ejected by Angel Hernandez. It’s the largest fine Harper has ever received. The league said Harper recklessly endangered fans. He’s appealing.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) October 1, 2023
Obviously, Harper is going to appeal the fine because, well, absolutely no one was endangered. The reality of the situation, was fans doing everything possible to catch the helmet so they could walk away with a souvenir. Luckily, the helmet made it’s way into the hands of a young Phillies fan.
So please, tell me if this fan look like someone who was recklessly endangered.
This is 10-year old Hayden and his dad Aaron. Hayden is the fan who got Bryce Harper’s helmet after Bryce threw it over the netting.— Dave Uram (@MrUram) September 29, 2023
Bryce signed the helmet for Hayden. @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/5E2DnxA5hU
I mean seriously, what is happening here? Angel Hernandez is the worst umpire in all of baseball. It’s honestly mind-boggling he even has a job at this point, even more so when he told Bryce Harper while they were arguing along the third baseline that “the replay would prove that the correct call was made”.
Ángel Hernández told Bryce Harper that this replay would prove to Bryce that it was a swing. It's legitimately frightening. https://t.co/wjKtuFi5jP— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) September 29, 2023
The PERFECT response from Bryce Harper.
Bryce: "(Ángel Hernández) just told me if I saw the replay that I would know that I was wrong."— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) September 29, 2023
Interviewer: "I take it you've seen the replay…?"
Bryce: "I didn't need to see the replay." pic.twitter.com/N0LWIkPcQs
Bad look for Major League Baseball and of course, Angel Hernandez who is consistently rated the word umpire in all of baseball. He finished the regular season as the lowest rated umpire (min 10 games). Hernandez didn’t even start until August due to a back injury, but he racked up 161 bad calls in 10 games, including the lowest rated game of the entire 2023 season.
Angel Hernandez: Worst Umpire in Major League Baseball
Angel Hernandez finished the regular season as the lowest rated umpire (min 10 games).— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) October 2, 2023
He didn't get his start until August due to a back injury, but he racked up 161 bad calls in 10 games, including the lowest rated game.
His season may be over, but may our memories live on. pic.twitter.com/or3hweE1yL
Bryce Harper goes off on Angel Hernandez, a breakdown pic.twitter.com/ryLxa1zNfe— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) September 29, 2023