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Monday, June 08, 2020

MLB accuses Ángel Hernández of eavesdropping on phone call

On July 24, during a game between the Rays and Red Sox, Hernández got a couple of things wrong when Rays manager Kevin Cash moved pitcher Adam Kolarek to first base. Hernández “had to be reminded” that the Rays lost their designated hitter in doing so, and he failed to get Cash to configure a new lineup. The game was delayed 14 minutes due to confusion on the part of the umpiring crew. The league called Hernández, followed by Hickox, as part of an investigation into the matter. Hernández allegedly remained on the line and remained silent while he listened to the confidential conversation.

In a letter attached to legal filings, the league wrote to Hernández:

You acknowledged that you were aware prior to the calls that they were intended to be separate and did not dispute that you remained on the line. Instead, you offered a number of excuses for why you remained on the line. You claimed to not know whether you were supposed to stay on the line and that you wanted to be available if anything further was asked of you … your purported justification for staying on the line (to address any further questions) strains credulity in light of your claim that you only heard portions of the Hickox call and the fact that you remained silent even when you heard statements by Hickox that you later claimed to be inaccurate. Simply put, we find your asserted justifications for remaining on the line to be implausible, internally inconsistent, premised on facts that are incorrect and not credible. As a result, we have concluded that you remained on the line in an effort to intentionally and deceptively eavesdrop on a confidential conversation in order to hear what Hickox would say about the July 24 incident. This is an egregious offense.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2020 at 04:31 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 08, 2020 at 05:34 PM (#5956209)
BBTF should file an amicus brief in Hernandez’s lawsuit.
   2. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: June 08, 2020 at 07:09 PM (#5956221)
Holy #### MLB. Hang up the phone and call HIckox back. How does someone sneak onto a phone call? We’re they using 1955 party line technology?
   3. The Duke Posted: June 08, 2020 at 09:35 PM (#5956243)
MLB, really? Same line - how embarrassing for you.
   4. Itchy Row Posted: June 08, 2020 at 09:44 PM (#5956246)
“Are you still on the line, Angel?”

“No. Wait, I mean ‘click.’”

“OK, Angel’s gone. Let’s begin our secure confidential conversation.”
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2020 at 11:30 PM (#5956256)
The one call he didn't miss!
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: June 09, 2020 at 12:14 AM (#5956266)
when you get outfoxed by Angel Hernandez.......
   7. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: June 09, 2020 at 12:45 AM (#5956269)
I can only assume that somehow MLB still has an MCI long distance plan from c. 1991 and didn't want to incur the additional 8 cents for initiating another call.
   8. The Duke Posted: June 09, 2020 at 07:31 AM (#5956285)
I wonder if the league used replay technology and still got it wrong
   9. JJ1986 Posted: June 09, 2020 at 09:48 AM (#5956310)
I need to know how this worked. Is MLB using some proprietary software that none of the old people involved understand? Is Angel in the same building as Torre, but Hickox isn't?
   10. Ron J Posted: June 09, 2020 at 10:14 AM (#5956316)
#9 I understand that umpires generally communicate by bellowing at the top of their lungs. This means either very loud yelling or some special tech if they're not in the same building.
   11. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: June 09, 2020 at 10:48 AM (#5956327)
Man #5 deserves a Primey nomination. That's fantastic.
   12. Rough Carrigan Posted: June 09, 2020 at 11:13 AM (#5956332)
#5 is awesome.
   13. Jack Sommers Posted: June 09, 2020 at 11:20 AM (#5956336)
Funny, reading this article I got some sense of personal animus between Torre and Hernandez.

2 seconds of Google and I found THIS from July 2017

Does anyone else think this could be an issue in the ultimate outcome ?
   14. Buck Coats Posted: June 09, 2020 at 11:56 AM (#5956355)
I mean if anything it helps Torre - Hernandez is arguing racial discrimination. Torre's allowed to fire a guy for thinking he's terrible at his job!
   15. O Tempura, O Morays ('Spos) Posted: June 09, 2020 at 07:07 PM (#5956504)
De-cloaking to celebrate #5.
   16. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: June 09, 2020 at 07:29 PM (#5956509)

The one call he didn't miss!

Hey, just because he's blind doesn't mean he's deaf.
   17. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 09, 2020 at 07:51 PM (#5956510)
Vintage 2003 snark, folks. Well done!

Second, third or fourth the Primey nomination for #5.

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