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Polarizing MLB umpire Angel Hernandez retiring: report

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Longtime major league umpire Angel Hernandez will reportedly retire on Tuesday.

USA Today reports that Hernandez, 62, is retiring from umpiring after 34 seasons in major league baseball.

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

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Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez watches the first inning of a game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2024. (Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

Hernandez has developed a reputation as one of the worst pitchers in major league baseball and has frequently been in the news in recent years for his poor calls.

Just recently, last month, Hernandez came under fire for making some of the worst calls in the history of the sport, literally.

Hernandez struck out Texas Rangers rookie Wyatt Langford on three consecutive sliders that were way out of the zone. The third strikeout, according to the X-Umpires, was 6.78 inches from home plate. It was one of the furthest strikeouts from the 53,000 strikeouts called to that point, according to Codify, and left the game announcer speechless.

In that game, Hernandez called seven pitches that were more than three inches from the plate as strikes. Of the 55 pitches called as strikes that day, 12 were actually balls, some of them bad, according to the umpire’s scorecard. That’s a 78% hit rate, well below the average of 88%.

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

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Another story circulated last year, when at one point in August he was ranked last in accuracy rates.

This season, the Umpire Scorecard ranks him 67th out of 85 umpires.

Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia previously slammed Hernandez, saying he shouldn’t be umpiring postseason games.

“He’s so bad… I’m surprised he’s got a job officiating a playoff game,” he said in 2018.

With umpires under more scrutiny than ever, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said last weekend that there is “growing agreement” that the automated ball-and-strike system, which has been in partial use in the minor leagues since 2019, should be implemented in major league baseball.

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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MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is photographed 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 umpired three All-Star Games, 12 American League Series, eight American League Championship Series and two World Series.

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