Yankees manager Aaron Boone comes on to referee Angel Hernandez’s defense

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Since being hired as manager of the Yankees in 2018, Aaron Boone has been involved in more than his share of heated arguments with umpires.

But on Tuesday, Boone defended one of the most controversial referees on his way out.

Angel Hernandez’s sudden retirement drew another round of derisive comments, but not from Boone.

“It’s a long career. I think he has unfairly been a role model (and) can be a punching bag of officiating,” Boone said, adding Tuesday that the treatment of Hernandez “has been unfair and excessive at times.”

“The reality is he’s spent a lot of time in this league, he’s cared about his craft, and I wish him the best,” Boone said before the Angels’ 4-3 win over the Yankees.

Boone added that Hernandez “is a great guy, and (I) wish him the best in his next chapter. I regret being overly critical of the fact that he is even retiring.”

Some of that research came from retired Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, whose Twitter account posted a Looney Tunes “That’s All Folks” GIF following news of Hernandez’s departure from the game.

After a postseason game in 2018, Sabathia was sharply critical of Hernandez, saying, “He shouldn’t be anywhere near a playoff game.”

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