Angel Hernandez, files racial discrimination suit against MLB

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And if the wristbands do not get the Office of the Commissioner to take the umpires' concerns seriously, then perhaps they could inform each manager during the gathering at home plate before a game starts that any player questioning, in any manner, a ball or strike call will be summarily ejected.

RULE 9.01
(b) Each umpire is the representative of the league and of professional baseball, and is authorized and required to enforce all of these rules. Each umpire has authority to order a player, coach, manager or club officer or employee to do or refrain from doing anything which affects the administering of these rules, and to enforce the prescribed penalties.

(c) Each umpire has authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these rules.

(d) Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language, and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field. If an umpire disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play.

(e) Each umpire has authority at his discretion to eject from the playing field

RULE 9.02
(a) Any umpire's decision which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out, is final. No player, manager, coach or substitute shall object to any such judgment decisions.
 

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Yes, that's exactly what they should do. Because we all know that umpires are infallible.

As an aside, rule 9.02 is the dumbest rule in baseball. Of corse, the rulebook is irrelevant to this discussion, because what the umps are mad about are the comments that Kinsler made after the game.

Perhaps they might consider the fact that Kinsler is right and Hernandez is a truly shitty ump who basically begged Kinsler to challenge him and then threw him out of the game at the slightest provocation. Also, the game is not about them.
 
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Computers should call balls and strikes
Am I wrong, or does MLB say that the strike zone technology isn't there to have computers call balls and strikes BUT they use strike zone technology to grade the umpires on the accuracy of their calling balls and strikes?
 

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Just fire them all. I actually think MLB umping is the best in sports but Hernandez Bucknor and West are such a joke it's really hard to even care about the rest.
 

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No sense of humor have you?

Do you think that wearing wrist bands will spur the Commissioner's Office into action? Irrespective of your feelings on the issue, Rule 9.02, or umpires.
I do agree that the wristbands is a joke, but beyond that I saw no evidence that the substance of your post was supposed to be humorous.

The entire incident here was provoked by Hernandez. Kinsler did not complain about calls in his first two at bats, when he was forced to expand the zone to protect himself. And whatever he said in the third at bat was done in the correct fashion, as he did not show Hernandez up. But Hernandez was spoiling for a fight, so he tossed Kinsler to make the point that he is not to be questioned. And now he - and all of the other delicate snowflake umps - are crying because Kinsler blasted Hernandez for his incompetence.

The umps will probably get some minor concession from MLB to salve their wounded egos and then this will die. Which saddens me, since it's a lost opportunity for MLB to tell umpires to STFU, stop making the game about them and just do their damn jobs.
 

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That letter is such bullshit. Kinsler didn't attack Hernandez's character, he attacked his skill at his job. He might be a great guy, he's just not good enough at the job he's paid to do.
 

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Was there a way for Kinsler to express himself that didn't come across as sour grapes or offensive? Not a rhetorical question, I'm just not sure how players are supposed to raise sincere questions about umpire performance in a manner that gets it taken seriously. Perhaps through the MLBPA?
 

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Was there a way for Kinsler to express himself that didn't come across as sour grapes or offensive? Not a rhetorical question, I'm just not sure how players are supposed to raise sincere questions about umpire performance in a manner that gets it taken seriously. Perhaps through the MLBPA?
I'm not sure, but it seems like something that shouldn't be done in public at the very least.

I'm all for robot umps, but until we have robot umps, these are the umps we have. These are the rules they're playing by. Encouraging players and coaches to speak out against them will just lead to distractions. I'm ok with rule 9.02 just to keep the games moving. Otherwise, you'll see nothing but players and coaches bitching about every strike they don't like and vise versa.

There should be a way for them to privately be held accountable for their mistakes, though. I would think going through the MLBPA would be the best way to go about it, but I don't know enough about the infrastructure to know if that makes sense or not.
 

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That letter is such bullshit. Kinsler didn't attack Hernandez's character, he attacked his skill at his job.
I dunno, his language is a little ambiguous in that regard. The word "blatant" used in this kind of context tends to have connotations of intent (i.e., "he's not even trying to hide it"). "He needs to stop ruining baseball games" also could be interpreted as meaning that Hernandez is acting with intent. Even the "what is he doing out there?" questions could be taken two ways ("why is he allowed out there?" or "what is he up to out there?"). You wouldn't have to be all that paranoid to interpret the remarks, taken together, as meaning that Hernandez is blowing calls on purpose. Kinsler may not have meant that, but he chose his words poorly if he didn't want to people to think so.
 

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That letter is such bullshit. Kinsler didn't attack Hernandez's character, he attacked his skill at his job. He might be a great guy, he's just not good enough at the job he's paid to do.
In criticising his fine, it also says Kinsler himself said he expected to be suspended. Maybe I missed that, because I saw what was televised and all Kinsler said was that he expected to be fined and was ok with it:

"If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it. He's messing with baseball games, blatantly."
 

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I guess Hernández got what we wanted.

A playoff officiating series.
 

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And the person who might have set the one game record for reviews and reversals will be behind the plate tomorrow. :mad:
 

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Per Jeff Passan here is MLB's statement:

“There were several very close calls at first base tonight, and we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them.”
 

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The thing is, if Hernandez doesn’t have a case of discrimination—and I don’t know that he doesn’t—he does actual victims of discrimination a great disservice.

Also worth noting with Angel behind the plate for game 4: Kinsler was the guy who he tossed last year. Wonder if Cora takes the bat out of his hands and gives the Brockstar the start tonight.
 

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Per Jeff Passan here is MLB's statement:

“There were several very close calls at first base tonight, and we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them.”
The main issue with that being that, in order for that to happen, the managers of the teams needed to challenge the play. If they didn't challenge it - or didn't have any challenges left - the call would have been incorrect.

The purpose of replay isn't for the managers to have to umpire the game themselves.
 

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I guess Hernández got what we wanted.

A playoff officiating series.
I don't believe any of us wanted him behind the plate. This could get ugly, especially with Kinsler starting. Maybe it's Cora' s evil plan: get Kinsler to cause a stink on a close play, get ejected, and then he has to go to Holt!
 

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Porcello's quote in that one was awesome.

Asked after Boston's win about Hernandez's strike zone -- and Sabathia's critique of it -- Porcello was pointed in his response.

"Throw the ball over the plate, CC," Porcello said. "I thought Angel Hernandez called a good game. You gotta get the ball over the white part of the plate and then you get the strikes called."
 

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I have a question and could not find an answer on line. How often, or how many times, has a major league umpire been let go due to poor performance?
 

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Rick was right. Angel was better than league average last night.
His missed call pct. at the dish was 6.7. MLB average is 8.1% (according tp MLB now).
 

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I have a question and could not find an answer on line. How often, or how many times, has a major league umpire been let go due to poor performance?
I dunno but the last time an umpire was fired for poor performance was 2012.

edit: Maybe, it could have been drugs too.
 

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Rick was right. Angel was better than league average last night.
His missed call pct. at the dish was 6.7. MLB average is 8.1% (according tp MLB now).
Just going from memory, he is exceptionally bad at 1B and 2B calls.
 

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He’s baaaack:

Angel Hernandez alleged in a legal filing with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that Major League Baseball manipulated its internal umpiring metrics to disadvantage minorities, thereby excluding them from becoming crew chiefs.

The filing is the latest salvo in Hernandez’s discrimination claim against MLB filed in 2017, which a lower court tossed in March 2021, though not without first acknowledging baseball had a “diversity issue.”

Hernandez claimed MLB has a history of discriminating against minority umpires, pointing out that as of the filing of his lawsuit, there had only been one minority crew chief in the league’s 150 years (Richie Garcia) — though that number has grown in the years since. There are 19 umpiring crews, each with four umpires, one of whom is a crew chief. In the appeal brief filed this week, seeking an overrule of the lower court judge’s dismissal, he also raised the argument that MLB not only looked the other way on its lack of diversity, but it altered the season-ending umpiring reports to justify this behavior.

“The District Court also failed to give appropriate weight to evidence of MLB’s disparate treatment of Mr. Hernandez, including evidence that MLB was manipulating the performance of Mr. Hernandez and other minority umpires to make their performances look worse,” the umpire argued in the court filing.

MLB during the time period covered in the complaint, 2011-16, performed midseason reviews of umpires called umpire evaluation reports (UER), and followed with year-end reviews. Hernandez said his UERs were glowing, but when it came time for his year-end review, the results did not reflect the previous positive assessments.

“[A] review of Mr. Hernandez’s Year-End Evaluations and his UERs for the years 2011-2016 reveals that MLB manipulated Mr. Hernandez’s year-end evaluations in order to make his job performance appear worse than it actually was,” he argued. “Mr. Hernandez’s Year-End Evaluations for the 2011-2016 seasons do not even come close to accurately summarizing Mr. Hernandez’s actual performance in those seasons.”
Hernandez is clearly an awful ump. But reading between the lines, it seems these suits are as much related to the opacity of MLB’s umpiring system and dubious hiring practices as any overt effort to target him on the basis of his ethnicity. Which is to say that as bad as Hernandez is, when you have a black box of HR protocols and procedures in today’s day and age—that you don’t share because you want to be able to manipulate who gets what position when—this is precisely the kind of thing that can be exploited. The NBA should take note.
 

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Reading that article - how strong is the Umpire Union that Hernandez hasn’t been outright canned by now? Just example after example of a man who is not just bad at his job, but is hostile to the suggestion that he isn’t infallible.
 

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Reading that article - how strong is the Umpire Union that Hernandez hasn’t been outright canned by now? Just example after example of a man who is not just bad at his job, but is hostile to the suggestion that he isn’t infallible.
I think the issue is that they don't have much in the way of reinforcements, at least that are "ready." If they force him out before he's ready to retire, they have to promote someone to take his place. That person may not be much better.

Plus, if they're going to let him go for poor performance and shitty attitude, there's CB Bucknor, Laz Díaz, etc. Where do you stop?
 

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I think the issue is that they don't have much in the way of reinforcements, at least that are "ready." If they force him out before he's ready to retire, they have to promote someone to take his place. That person may not be much better.

Plus, if they're going to let him go for poor performance and shitty attitude, there's CB Bucknor, Laz Díaz, etc. Where do you stop?
I'll take someone who misses a call due to inexperience over repeated missed calls due to incompetence.

I don't want to trivialize how hard umpiring is, but I can't imagine that the leap from umping in AAA to umping in MLB is that big.
 

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I'll take someone who misses a call due to inexperience over repeated missed calls due to incompetence.

I don't want to trivialize how hard umpiring is, but I can't imagine that the leap from umping in AAA to umping in MLB is that big.
Right, and I agree, but if they promote a AAA umpire, they would then need to promote a AA umpire to take that spot, and so on and so forth. I'm not sure how many minor league umpires there are that are worth moving up. One is probably manageable, maybe even two or three, but the feeding pools are only so stocked. At last check, it wasn't a career choice (or side hustle) that was attracting a lot of applicants, at least not a number that would sustain a graduation rate commensurate with the league's needs.

Unfortunately, at the risk of slipping a toe over the line here (mark it zero), the Umpires Union seems to also employ a "blue" approach to protecting tenured veterans, regardless of how much they've slipped in their work, and not being very receptive to changing their approach.
 

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Right, and I agree, but if they promote a AAA umpire, they would then need to promote a AA umpire to take that spot, and so on and so forth. I'm not sure how many minor league umpires there are that are worth moving up. One is probably manageable, maybe even two or three, but the feeding pools are only so stocked. At last check, it wasn't a career choice (or side hustle) that was attracting a lot of applicants, at least not a number that would sustain a graduation rate commensurate with the league's needs.
That might explain keeping him on an extra year or so, but it's been over a decade since he should've been fired.
 

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I think the issue is that they don't have much in the way of reinforcements, at least that are "ready." If they force him out before he's ready to retire, they have to promote someone to take his place. That person may not be much better.

Plus, if they're going to let him go for poor performance and shitty attitude, there's CB Bucknor, Laz Díaz, etc. Where do you stop?
That didn't stop them from promoting everyone they needed to after the umpires walked out in 1999. Diaz was one of those brought up.
Here's are the stats on umpires for this season. Who else would you like fired? I ask because it looks like the error % on pitches per 9 innings fluctuates from year to year.
 

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