Twitter reacted to the news that umpire Angel Hernandez lost his discrimination lawsuit against MLB.
MLB Opening Day officially begins on Thursday, which means fanbases are getting ready for a months-long journey of highs and/or lows. Additionally, that also indicates that baseball fanatics will have plenty of debates about the work of the umpires, specifically that of Angel Hernandez.
Speaking of Hernandez, the controversial umpire saw his racial discrimination lawsuit against MLB get thrown out by the U.S. District Court on Wednesday. Hernandez filed the suit in 2017 against Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, where he alleged he was not getting World Series assignments or promotions due to his race. However, U.S. District Court Judge Paul J. Oetken ruled that Hernandez was simply not performing up to the league’s standards.
As is always the case, Twitter had some fun at the expense of the unpopular umpire.
Angel Hernandez sees discrimination lawsuit against MLB get thrown out by U.S. District Court
“Hernández’s handful of cherry-picked examples does not reliably establish any systematic effort on MLB’s part to artificially deflate Hernández’s evaluations, much less an effort to do so in order to cover up discrimination,” Oetken says, via the Associated Press. “The evidence shows beyond genuine dispute that an umpire’s leadership and situation management carried the day in MLB’s promotion decisions.
“The explicit reason MLB offers — that according to Torre, Hernández ‘has not demonstrated the leadership ability and situation-management skills in critical high-pressure roles on a consistent basis’ — is presented in clear and specific terms.”
Oetken wrote in his ruling (via the Associated Press) that MLB’s decision to assign Alfonso Marquez to work the 2011 and 2015 World Series’ were “a promotion that seemingly would not have been made were MLB discriminating on the basis of race or national identity.”
Hernandez has been in the league since 1993 and last umpired a World Series back in 2005, which saw the Chicago White Sox defeat the Houston Astros in four games. In his suit, Hernandez said Torre held a grudge against Hernandez since 2001 over a call made against the New York Yankees, the team Torre managed at the time.
Kevin Murphy, Hernandez’s attorney, says that it is “highly probable” they will appeal the court’s decision.