MLB Umpire Angel Hernandez Sues League For Racial Discrimination; Claims Only White Umps Get Promoted

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Veteran umpire Angel Hernandez claims his Cuban heritage is costing him a bunch of money from the league and he plans to do something about it.

Hernandez is reportedly suing Major League Baseball and commissioner Rob Manfred, alleging racial discrimination in making assignments, according to

“Cuban-born Angel Hernandez, 55, states in his suit that he has been passed over several times for a chance to work the World Series despite high marks on evaluations. The suit also charges that even though Hernandez was made a temporary crew chief, it has never been made permanent.

The suit accuses MLB of promoting only one minority umpire to permanent crew chief in the history of the game (a Hispanic) and that only one non-white umpire has worked a World Series since 2011.

“The selection of these less qualified, white individuals over Hernandez was motivated by racial, national origin and/or ethnic considerations,” the lawsuit says.

The suit comes after Hernandez filed two discrimination charges in June with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”

The 55-year-old Hernandez has been a major league umpire since 1991 (on a full-time basis since 1993) and worked the World Series in 2002 and 2005. Although Hernandez has been a temporary crew chief twice in his career, he was ultimately passed over when he applied to be a full-time crew chief. 

He is also one of MLB’s most unpopular umpires with the players. Numerous player surveys have ranked him near the bottom of the league’s umpires. In 2010, 22% of the players surveyed by ESPN called Hernandez the worst umpire in the league.

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