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The Athletic: Umpire Angel Hernandez alleges MLB manipulated reviews to make minorities look bad [$}

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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.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2022 at 11:57 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: June 09, 2022 at 12:33 AM (#6080798)
MLB must be manipulating in-game videos as they happen.
And also, whatever I see with my own eyes.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 09, 2022 at 01:14 AM (#6080805)
MLB manipulated Mr. Hernandez’s year-end evaluations in order to make his job performance appear worse than it actually was

Hernandez look worse? That's unpossible!

MLB may well be discriminating against minority umps. I don't know. But that doesn't mean Hernandez isn't an awful awful awful umpire who should have been run out of the league years ago.
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: June 09, 2022 at 02:29 AM (#6080808)
#2 is spot on.

It can be both. There may be discrimination, but we know for sure, without a doubt, total sure thing, bet your house on it, that Hernandez is poor at his job.
   4. adenzeno Posted: June 09, 2022 at 07:11 AM (#6080810)
The only way a report on Angel Hernandez could be glowing is if it was on fire. He is horrible.
   5. The_Ex Posted: June 09, 2022 at 08:33 AM (#6080817)
How much is he spending on all these cases? It can't be cheap although I know umpires are paid well.
   6. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 09, 2022 at 10:04 AM (#6080826)
What a POS
   7. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: June 09, 2022 at 10:14 AM (#6080828)
How much is he spending on all these cases? It can't be cheap although I know umpires are paid well.
Employment discrimination cases are virtually always handled on a contingency basis, because the statutes under which the claims are brought are fee shifting ones. Pro tip: if you have such a case and you can't find a lawyer willing to do so, if all the lawyers want to charge you, it's because they think your case sucks.
   8. villageidiom Posted: June 09, 2022 at 11:28 AM (#6080829)
The only way a report on Angel Hernandez could be glowing is if it was on fire. He is horrible.
That is a completely unfair take and you know it. There are many plausible explanations for luminescence.
   9. Miserable, Non-Binary Candy is all we deserve CoB Posted: June 09, 2022 at 12:46 PM (#6080838)
There are many plausible explanations for luminescence.


Angel Hernandez is an angler fish?
   10. Itchy Row Posted: June 09, 2022 at 12:53 PM (#6080842)
So they manipulated bad umpire Angel Hernandez to make him look like a minority?
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2022 at 01:03 PM (#6080844)

How much is he spending on all these cases? It can't be cheap although I know umpires are paid well.


It's almost like he has questionable judgment.
   12. John Northey Posted: June 09, 2022 at 01:36 PM (#6080850)
There are objective ways to measure umps now - calls challenged and overturned, the strike zone measurement that is online and accessible to all. According to Umpire Scorecards he is horrid and that is a pure computer program with no idea of racial background, gender, or anything but the actual results. For Consistency he is in the bottom 7% of umpires, for Accuracy bottom 11%.

Only 4 umpires are less consistent than Hernandez this year (CB Bucknor the worst). 9 worse for accuracy. Andy Fletcher the worst. He was better last year - 16 umps worse for accuracy, 52 worse for consistency (out of 99). Bottom line - he isn't good. Not sure if there is a site for calls overturned, managers & players ejected, and other stuff like that. If you are ejecting guys then odds are you have lost control of the game and that is a big negative.
   13. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: June 09, 2022 at 01:57 PM (#6080854)
I've said this before regarding Hernandez but it is quite reasonable to say that yes, MLB has discriminated against him AND that yes, he is a terrible umpire.

If you are ejecting guys then odds are you have lost control of the game and that is a big negative.


I don't agree with this. That is definitely something that happens but it's also possible that in fact guys get run because they are arguing calls the umpire got right.
   14. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 09, 2022 at 02:02 PM (#6080856)
Bah. I can't fix the link in #12.

Copy and paste, replacing the space with percent-two-zero:
https://umpscorecards.com/single_umpire/?name=Angel Hernandez
   15. Walt Davis Posted: June 09, 2022 at 05:54 PM (#6080884)
There is a factual claim here ... that he grades out well in the mid-season reports but poorly in the end-of-season reports. If that's true, that seems a legit point that MLB should have to explain. There are plenty of innocuous potential explanations of course.
   16. villageidiom Posted: June 09, 2022 at 06:02 PM (#6080886)
Yeah, but he's arguing that the good feedback was correct and the bad feedback was incorrect. That's, like, 90% of people who ever got a bad performance review.
   17. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 09, 2022 at 07:12 PM (#6080913)
There are many plausible explanations for luminescence.

As Jerry Lawler said of Andy Kaufman, "I couldn't warm up to this guy if we were cremated together." (In reality, Lawler and Kaufman were good friends, and their "feud" was fake.)
   18. Howie Menckel Posted: June 09, 2022 at 07:12 PM (#6080915)
Bucknor is unbelievably bad.

I remember once I got put on probation at work, apparently because the boss demanded someone's scalp and my name came up on the randomizer wheel or something.

the "charge" was easily disproven (nothing toxic, anyway), because unlike most jobs, there was a public record to - beyond the shadow of a doubt - prove the inaccuracy of the claim of not having kept up with the job (in fact, I was 24 hours of the overall news cycle on this issue). I stupidly noted that, hey, if you wanted to make this or that claim, it may not be correct but at least that's a subjective call. this was obviously false.

the world-weary middle man just said, "That's fine - just note all that in your response to the review."

and that's when I realized that my gut feeling that no one ever read any of these stupid reviews was accurate. maybe he wondered himself, so he went through with the charade to make sure.

I never heard from anyone, and it all went away soon enough.

for those of you still worried about all that grammar school stuff that "went on your permanent record" - spoiler alert: not so much.
   19. The_Ex Posted: June 10, 2022 at 08:49 AM (#6080971)
Joe West revealed recently that MLB grades umpires based on a wide zone, basically a few inches each side of the plate. So all these umpires are getting 90% plus scores and believe they are great.
   20. shoelesjoe Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:37 AM (#6080997)
Hernandez is obviously a terrible umpire and everybody knows it. But at this point he’s being dogged more by his reputation for suckitude than his ongoing poor performance in that he gets zero benefit of the doubt even when he gets a call right. The legend of Angel Hernandez is so persistent these days that when he’s working a game players and managers are assuming every one of his close calls is actually a blown call. This means there’s a simmering tension on the field through most every game where he’s involved, and I’m not sure how that gets fixed other than MLB finding a way to get rid of him. Maybe they can “promote” Hernandez to some do nothing administrative position where he can’t do any further damage to the game.
   21. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:44 AM (#6081002)
Joe West revealed recently that MLB grades umpires based on a wide zone, basically a few inches each side of the plate. So all these umpires are getting 90% plus scores and believe they are great.

They give the umpires a free pass on anything within one inch on either side of the corner.

So they've basically taken every borderline pitch and thrown it away. The only pitches they're graded on are the obvious pitches.

Every ump in MLB should be over 98% with the parameters they've built.
   22. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 10, 2022 at 12:18 PM (#6081008)
Every ump in MLB should be over 98% with the parameters they've built.


Kind of like catcher's fielding percentage. 98% of their chances are catching strike three.

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