In 2017, lewd umpire Angel Hernandez sued Major League Baseball. The league claimed that he was not elected to the Worlds in his series over his seven years nor was he promoted to chief of crew because of discrimination based on race or national origin. Hernandez’s position is that he was denied these opportunities by MLB because he is Cuban and because Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer at the time, personally disliked him. As outlined in a brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Major League Baseball’s position is actually that Hernández was denied those opportunities to smoke Mondrobá at work.
Hernandez’s case was ruled in favor of MLB by summary judgment in 2021 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. A judge named J. Paul Etken said Hernández was unable to demonstrate a “statistically significant difference between the promotion and selection rates of minority and non-minority umpires,” and that MLB would not Agreed that it could not be shown. The ruling basically said Hernández did not meet the requirements to sue, but did not ask MLB to provide much information in a counter-argument to explain why. Hernández had not been promoted or assigned to the World Series for such a long time.
There are ways to view this seemingly petty ruling as friendly to both MLB and Hernandez. Fans and players will say Hernandez is infuriatingly bad at his job, especially when it comes to calling balls and strikes. many Especially as players and managers become impatient with his performance and temper increases. About broadcasting their deep dissatisfaction with the active and seasoned full-time referee. This arrangement, under a variety of circumstances, may be a good fit for Hernández, with MLB’s general silence on the matter at least a nightmare of being publicly humiliated by those who sign his paycheck. exempt him from
However, in February of this year, Hernández appealed the 2021 summary judgment, and the case went to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In response, Major League Baseball seems to have made the decision that it’s now fine and appropriate to give the least popular active umpire a big shit. and claims, item by item, that he is a very crappy referee who always messes up and drives everyone crazy. Over ten years would explain him. The brief pretty clearly outlines that MLB views Hernandez as confrontational, stubborn, unaccountable, unprofessional and, in at least one case, actively deceptive. It’s an outrageous read that leaves you wanting a cigarette afterwards.
Under the headline “Hernandez’s poor performance in areas considered most important to Torre as permanent crew chief and World Series assignment,” the brief begins with his “lack of accountability and immobility.” , goes into the brutal details of some of Hernández’s most notable failures. past his mistakes. The brief specifically describes an incident in 2013 when Oakland Athletics’ Adam Rosales sucked a ball off the railing above Cleveland’s left field wall. This should have been ruled a home run. The play was initially ruled a double, but the referee was asked to review the play. Hernández, who was serving as interim crew chief, refused to overturn the call despite what appeared to be very solid video evidence, and the game ended in a one-run victory for Cleveland. And crucially for MLB, Hernandez’s years of refusal to accept accountability for the mistake or simply let it go.
In 2014, MLB told Hernandez that his desire for more responsibility “will only come through the ability to stay focused on the present and what he can control.” Your accountability before this happens…. [Y]You have to take responsibility for yourself and let go of the past. You keep arguing about what happened years ago. This behavior is unhealthy and not what you would expect from a crew chief or referee.We must learn from the past and move on. ”
The report further notes that Hernández was scheduled to referee the 2018 World Series through Game 3 of the ALCS. Naturally lost Hernandez’s trust…of his superiors.
The following subject header, “Hernández failed to handle difficult situations on the field with a consistent base, calm and professional demeanor,” gives many concrete examples, without warning players and managers. It also cites MLB stating that he “was unable to communicate with the other umpires on the team, causing confusion on the field.” In the next section, “Hernandez struggled as interim crew chief for multiple seasons,” referees audited him for the role of permanent mentor, including when he violated the “provisions of the master agreement and referee manual.” Outline how you squandered so many opportunities. By asking Cincinnati Reds’ Homer Bailey to sign his 11 pitches following his 2012 no-hitter.
Perhaps the funniest accusation here comes from an incident in 2019 when Hernández was once again interim crew chief for a game between the Red Sox and the Rays, in which Hernández “misapplied the rules, including the effect of substitutions. After that, it was finally terminated under protest.” players in the lineup. The incident involved several confusing double switches carried out by Rays manager Kevin Cash. MLB ultimately determined that the applicable rule was erroneously applied by the umpires, but that failure did not adversely affect the “protesting team’s chances of winning the game.” However, the brief also notes that Hernández’s supervisor “particularly tightened up” that rule before the series in anticipation of just such an incident, and Hernández still blew it.
Here’s where it gets funny: During the subsequent investigation into the incident, Brief said that Torre had alleged that Hernández had “deliberately and deceptively” held a “secret” phone conversation between MLB and another member of the umpires. , said he found them eavesdropping. The umpire will say about the incident. Naturally, MLB then confronted Hernández over this behavior, after which Hernández said, “I lied about this act.” Note, of course, that Torre has since removed Hernandez from future interim crew chief duties for the remainder of that season.
On the one hand, it’s ultimately comforting to know that MLB sees what others see. That means Hernández is rarely crap in most aspects of his job. On the other hand, as a baseball fan, it’s a little disappointing to learn that umpires can be recognized bozos on the field and unexplained creeps behind the scenes, the only thing MLB can do against it. The thing is to stop him from getting up… to work as a crew chief or a World Series. Even if a third hand comes to mind, it’s at least a little exciting to see that there’s still a small corner of the country that can enjoy this kind of stable employment. who among us does not want Are there strong enough labor protections to keep us in our jobs despite employers compiling extensive paperwork cataloging our many ridiculous failures? You are obligated to give a hug and a beer to the person who negotiated the basic agreement on behalf of the Umpire’s Association. For those interested, an overview of MLB is embedded below. it rules.