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Former MLB umpire Angel Hernandez took financial settlement to retire: reports

It’s the end of a tumultuous career for MLB umpire Angel Hernandez, who announced his retirement late Monday night.

Hernandez last played on May 9, so it’s easy to understand why he was off the field for nearly three weeks before suddenly retiring.

Hernandez and MLB reportedly reached a financial settlement that will allow the 62-year-old to retire at the end of the season.

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Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez umpires a game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York City, on August 6, 2023. (Jim MacIsaac/Getty Images)

Hernandez’s attorney, Kevin Murphy, “The Athletic” He “wasn’t kicked out.”

Hernandez previously announced his retirement, saying he wanted to “spend more time with his family.”

“Since my first major league game in 1991, I’ve had the incredible experience of fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a major league umpire,” Hernandez said in a statement. “There’s nothing better than doing a profession you love, and I’ve cherished the friendships I’ve made along the way, including with my coworkers and locker room attendants in various cities.”

“I decided I wanted to spend more time with my family. Needless to say, there have been many positive changes in baseball since I took the job, including the expansion and advancement of minorities, and I am proud to be an active part of that goal as a major league umpire.”

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MLB umpire Angel Hernandez makes a gesture during a game between the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals at Target Field in Minneapolis on June 15, 2019. (Brace Hemelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

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Hernandez has earned a reputation as one of baseball’s most controversial umpires. He’s ranked 67th out of 85 umpires in accuracy this year, down from last at the end of last year.

As replay became more prevalent and automated strike zones became more realistic, Hernandez came under greater scrutiny and his incorrect calls became more widespread.

In games last month, he made some of the worst calls in pitch-tracking history.

Several MLB players, including CC Sabathia, said Hernandez should not have been in the job.

Hernandez joined MLB in 1991 as a National League umpire and has been playing in major league baseball since 2000.

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Umpire Angel Hernandez walks onto the field during the top of the eighth inning of a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark on June 9, 2022 in Cincinnati. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Hernandez once He blamed the league. By “manipulating the performance of Mr. Hernandez and other minority umpires,” they have prevented more minority umpires from becoming crew chiefs.

In March 2021, Hernandez lost a lawsuit against Major League Baseball for racial discrimination. In the lawsuit, filed in 2017, Hernandez claimed he was discriminated against because he had not been assigned to a World Series since 2005 and had not been named crew chief.

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