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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Umpire Angel Hernandez seeks ‘sensitive’ documents in MLB discrimination suit

Relations between umpire Angel Hernandez and Major League Baseball won’t be warming up anytime soon. Hernandez is suing MLB for discrimination, alleging that he’s been passed over for numerous promotions to crew chief due to his Latino descent, and his lawyers have requested a number of “sensitive” MLB documents that could possibly help prove his case. And as you may have guessed, MLB isn’t on board.

According to the New York Daily News, Hernandez’s lawyers have requested “several categories of highly sensitive documents” from MLB, including evaluations and performance reviews of other umpires, confidential grievance proceedings, umpire training documents and instant replay protocol.

As a side note, should he succeed in getting this stuff admitted as evidence, it could be a rich documentary source for the scholars among us.

 

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angel hernandez, evaluations, grievances, instant replay, the documentary trail, umpiring

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Red Sox vs. Yankees: Angel Hernandez has three calls overturned by replay in first four innings

Veteran umpire Angel Hernandez doesn’t have a good reputation among fans and we can probably loop in the players and managers, too, given his history of quick ejections. Last season, Ian Kinsler suggested Hernandez find another line of work. I’d say after Joe West, Hernandez is probably the umpire fans most know, and that’s not a good sign. A good umpire is pretty anonymous and that makes perfect sense: We notice when you mess up or make the game about you.

Hernandez didn’t have any issues with players or managers in ALDS Game 3 between the Red Sox and Yankees, but he did grab the spotlight unwittingly. He had three calls of his at first base overturned by replay in the first four innings.

Not a performance that can be recommended at a time when even more attention would be paid than usual, no…..

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angel hernandez, overturned, umpiring

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tim Anderson’s eventful day at the yard ends with shot at Joe West: ‘Everybody knows he’s terrible’

Talk about an eventful night at the ol’ ballpark for Tim Anderson.

It looked like it was going to be a day worth celebrating for Anderson, whose developmental progress reached a milestone during the third inning of Saturday’s Crosstown matchup with the Cubs. He hit his 20th home run of the season, becoming the first White Sox shortstop ever to have a season with at least 20 homers and at least 20 stolen bases.

A heck of a feat, one that should stand out when White Sox fans and observers spend the offseason discussing whether or not Anderson truly is this franchise’s shortstop of the future.

Joe West, meanwhile, simply chose to sit back and plan how he would retaliate this time, the way he has so many times before….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, tim anderson, umpiring, white sox

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Minnesota Steakhouse Pranks Umpire Joe West With Braille Menu

Joe West has been an umpire for 42 years, long enough to have seen pretty much damn near everything there is to see in the sport. Six World Series, nine League Championship Series, eight League Division Series, and three All-Star Games will do that to you. Bet he’s never been owned by a restaurant, though.

In honor of his 5,164th game on Wednesday night, the second most in MLB history, West went out to dinner with two Minnesota Vikings legends at a local Minneapolis steakhouse. There, waiting for him, was a regular ol’ menu ... in braille.

Also, from the comments:

Waiter: Would you like some pepper, Mr. West?

West: Please.

Waiter: (grinds pepper)

West: Hey! You’re getting pepper all over my napkin!

Waiter: My apologies. It was my understanding you considered low and away over the plate.

 

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, umpiring, yer blind, ump

 

 

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