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Veteran umpire Angel Hernadez has officially whiffed, striking out in a lawsuit against Major League Baseball that alleges racial discrimination.
The Cuba-born Hernandez alleged he was discriminated against because he has not been assigned to the World Series since 2005. He had also been passed over for crew chief.
He first sued in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, but the case was later moved to New York. That is where the decision was made that the MLB was in the clear.
“The court concludes that no reasonable juror could find that MLB’s stated explanation is a pretext for discriminatory motive,” U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken wrote Wednesday in granting MLB’s motion for a summary judgment.
Hernadez claimed that he’s been in Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre’s doghouse since 2001, and that Torre has purposely bypassed Hernandez for crew chief and World Series assignments.
The court did not agree. It did, however, suggest that Hernandez should just worry about doing a better job.
“Hernandez’s handful of cherry-picked examples does not reliably establish any systematic effort on MLB’s part to artificially deflate Hernandez’s evaluations, much less an effort to do so in order to cover up discrimination,” the judge added. “The evidence shows beyond genuine dispute that an umpire’s leadership and situation management carried the day in MLB’s promotion decisions.”