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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Everybody is confused after an Angel Hernandez call goes against the Cleveland Indians in Kansas City

Salvador Perez sent a drive to right center field Tuesday that landed on the warning track, but that’s when confusion set in between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals.

Whit Merrifield, the Royals runner at third, scored easily on the play. Andrew Benintendi, the runner at second, was a different story.

Perez’s hit was quickly corralled by right fielder Josh Naylor whose throw back to the infield was in time to get Benintendi. Benintendi had started to advance to third, but was told by Kansas City third base coach Vance Wilson to go back and tag second.

Meanwhile, Perez was shouting to Benintendi from first base that he should run to third. Shortstop Amed Rosario applied the tag, and that’s when the confusion set in. Umpires, led by crew chief Angel Hernandez, gathered between first and second to discuss the play.

Benintendi was eventually awarded third base on the premise that one of the umpires, presumably Hernandez, had ruled either Harold Ramirez or Naylor initially caught Perez’s fly ball. Video appeared to indicate Hernandez casually making his way from behind first base toward the area where the catch/no catch occurred. The replay appeared to show Hernandez raising his arm as if to indicate an out on a catch, which could have prompted the confusion for Benintendi.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2021 at 10:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

MLB umpire Angel Hernandez loses racial discrimination suit against league

Angel Hernandez has lost his racial discrimination lawsuit against MLB, according to the Associated Press.

Federal judge J. Paul Oetken reportedly granted MLB’s motion for a summary judgement on Wednesday, writing that “no reasonable juror could find that MLB’s stated explanation is a pretext for discriminatory motive.”

Hernandez, who was born in Cuba, filed the lawsuit against MLB in 2017, alleging that his race was a factor when the league passed him over several times to work the World Series or make him a permanent crew chief. The lawsuit also noted that only non-white one umpire, Richie Garcia, had been promoted to crew chief in MLB history at the time, and that Alfonso Marquez was the only non-white umpire to work a World Series since 2011.

Hernandez, who has been an MLB umpire since 1993, was later promoted to temporary crew chief when several umpires opted out of the 2020 season, while Marquez and Kerwin Danley have both since been promoted to permanent crew chief.

In the four years since the suit has filed, Hernandez has also accused MLB umpiring executive Randy Marsh of making “disturbing” racial comments, while MLB claimed Hernandez once improperly eavesdropped on one of the league’s calls.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2021 at 06:12 PM | 55 comment(s)
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