Controversial umpire of Cuban origin announces his retirement from the MLB

NEW YORK.- The veteran home umpire Cubanà ngel Hernández, who unsuccessfully sued Major League Baseball ( MLB) for racial discrimination, is withdrawn immediately.

During a career that spanned more than three decades, Hernández, 62, was often scorned by players, coaches and fans for poor decision making and quick ejections, some in situations high profile.

Hernandez released a statement through MLB on Monday night saying he decided he wants to spend more time with his family.

“Starting with my first game in the majors in 1991, I had the great experience of realizing my childhood dream of being a Major League umpire. There is nothing better than working in a profession that you like. I value the camaraderie of my colleagues and the friendships I have made along the way, including our locker room assistants in all cities,†Hernandez said.


“Needless to say, there have been many positive changes in baseball since I entered the profession. This includes the expansion and promotion of minorities. “I am proud to have been able to be an active participant in that goal while I was a Major League umpire.”

Lawsuit against MLB:

Last summer, Hernández lost for the second time in his racial discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball, when a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a 2021 District Court decision that granted MLB summary judgment.

Hernandez filed a lawsuit in 2017. He alleged he was discriminated against because he had not been assigned to the World Series since 2005 and was not listed as a crew chief. He served as interim crew chief from 2011 to 2016.

Born in Cuba, Hernández was hired as a Major League umpire in 1993. He worked in two World Series (2002, 2005), three All-Star Games (1999, 2009, 2017) and eight Championship Series, with his last assignment being in the LCS. in 2016.

In Game 3 of the 2018 American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, Hernández had three calls overturned at first base in video replay reviews.