Worst Major League Baseball Umpires

This is a list of worst umpires in Major League Baseball so if you have an opinion please list them in the comment section below.

The Top Ten

1 Angel Hernandez

Are these guys accountable to anyone? I don't know how he's been allowed to do postseason games. I would welcome an electronic strike zone to get rid of this clown and Joe West, who think people come to the game to see them.

Obviously a short man with ego issues. Maybe the biggest reason to advance the game to electronic balls and strikes. Why rate umpires if they are not held accountable? Fire this unqualified joke of a professional.

The only thing worse than his competence is his arrogance. One of the earth's biggest mysteries is how this clown still has a job as an MLB umpire. I wouldn't trust him to umpire a Little League game.

There's long been a huge problem with MLB umpires, stemming from the widespread attitude among them that it's THEIR game; that they OWN it. There's no respect for the strike zone. It's whatever a particular ump feels like on any given day. And that's subject to change at any moment. They squawked like old biddies back in the late 90s when the overhead plate cams came in, cause they didn't want anyone to know how bad so many calls are. And too many infield umps don't position themselves for a clear view of close plays. Finally they're being challenged more often, and video doesn't lie. Suck it up.

2 Joe West

Shockingly bad for a long time. I am assuming that he must have been good at some point in his career however that ship has sailed. The only one who thinks that he is doing a good job is Joe Torre

"Rule 1: Catch the ball.
Rule 2: Don't mess with Joe West"
-Hawk Harrelson

Bad calls, short fuse. Part of the definition of a good referee is lack of ego; West is the opposite, it seems.

This guy needs to retire. Thinks he is the supreme overlord of baseball rules. There should be a test given to umpires before the season.

3 C. B. Bucknor

Horrible on balls & strikes. Very arrogant with a short fuse. Should be fired!

No concept of where the strick zone is and should be banned from the game--even as a spectator.

Beautiful combination of a wildly inconsistent strike zone, bad calls around the entire diamond, and a fuse so short when he's called out that there's no doubt how well aware he is of just how bad he is.

As an announcer once commented C.B. stands for consistantly bad

4 Bob Davidson

Short tempered, especially against Joe Maddon and Charlie Manuel which I thought the incident between Bob and Charlie was hilarious even though MLB suspended them both for one game.

Davidson is precisely the most controversial umpire if you want to argue with him.

Bob Davidson is a cranky ass.

5 Phil Cuzzi



Inconsistent strike zone doesn’t know the rules

6 Vic Carapazza

I remember watching the blue jays game on canada day 2016... Vic carapazza is the worst umpire in the mlb

No concept of a strike zone.

Goes out of his way to suck.

7 Alfonzo Marquez

I am watching him tonight and he can't call a strike unless the batter swings at it.


8 Marty Foster

He robbed the game away from the Rays in Texas by calling strike three on a full count from Ben Zobrist whichever the pitch was clearly out of the strike zone.

Doesn't know a strike from a ball.

9 Jerry Meals

He blew the game for the Pirates and it would have cost them playoff contention.

10 Ron Kulpa

No mea culpable, bad Ronald Clarence ends games when Opentable calls.

Disrespectful and unprofessional.

Majorly insecure, huge ego


The Contenders

11 Fieldin Culbreth
12 Laz Díaz

Along with Hernandez and Bucknor, you KNOW that you'll be amazed at how bad they are before the end of the first inning.

This guy looks like someone who is recruited from off the street to ump a game because there's no one else around to do it.

When you see him (or the other aforementioned clowns) on the diamond before the game starts, the first words out of your mouth are "Oh no, NOT HIM! "

Brings new meaning to the word INCOMPETENT.

Awful Strike zone. He may need new glasses. Pulls the rip cord on 2 strikes. Not sure he ever knows the count..

Seems to forget that people don't pay to watch him. Thinks he's bigger than the players.

Inconsistent strike zone and always has a chip on his shoulder.

13 Mike Estabrook

Bad for many years. Preety sure he is being paid off

Worst I’ve seen this season.

14 Chris Guccione
15 Jim Joyce

Cost a pitcher major record. Pathetic at his "job". Should never work another game. Needs to be dropping fries.

16 Doug Eddings

It’s the incredible vanishing strike zone! I guess he blows an equal number of calls for both teams, so that’s fair I guess. I wish he wouldn’t call time *while the ball is traveling to the plate*, though.

17 Mark Wegner

Very bad strike zone do’s net let players have a say

18 Andy Fletcher

Inconsistent strike zone. Short tempered. Throws managers and players out of a game way to quickly.

19 Tripp Gibson

Needs remedial instruction on strike zone. Simply ridiculous.

Worst ball/strike umpire I’ve seen since Ken Kaiser. When Kaiser left the game, he gave his coin to Gibson (heads = strike, tails = ball),

Worst home plate umpire.zone is at the ankles.

20 Joe Maddon

Maddon 19 is a waste of money

21 Joshua Wharton
22 Paul Emmel

Extremely inconsistent strike zone. Pitches that are balls are called strikes and vice versa.

23 Sam HolBrook
24 Gerry Davis
25 Jordan Baker
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