Angel Hernandez again proves incompetence is not discrimination

Jun 20, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; MLB umpire Angel Hernandez reacts during the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; MLB umpire Angel Hernandez reacts during the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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You almost want to feel bad for Angel Hernandez. The much maligned MLB umpire seems to be the only person on the planet who does not realize that he is a disaster in his chosen profession as Hernandez is an embarrassment to arbiters of the game everywhere. He is terrible enough that a drunken umpire in a Mexican League game was compared to Hernandez, with the drunken umpire considered a better option.

But that does not stop Hernandez from continuing forth. He has claimed that he was not given playoff assignments or promoted to being a crew chief due to discrimination, a lawsuit that would have been laughed out of court if the umpire watched one inning of his performance. As it was, his first discrimination lawsuit was dismissed.

Angel Hernandez has discrimination lawsuit dismissed again

The crux of Hernandez’s complaint is that he should have been given postseason assignments and a promotion, but Joe Torre had kept him down. He claimed that he had continually received positive reviews until Torre was put in charge of the umpires and that the reason for the change was that he was being discriminated against for being Hispanic.

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Once again, those claims fell on deaf ears. Hernandez’s second attempt to sue Major League Baseball for discrimination was dismissed yet again after he claimed that the previous judge misapplied the law to his case.

It is difficult to believe that anyone who has ever watched Hernandez for any length of time would have given him uniformly positive reviews. Maybe that was the difference – whoever was in charge before just rubber-stamped a positive comment and left it at that. Torre is actually familiar with Hernandez’s ‘abilities’ on the diamond and is not beholden to the umpires in any way. He can fairly assess their abilities.

It is not discrimination that Hernandez is a dumpster fire on the diamond and should not umpire at any level whatsoever. It is not discrimination to point out his obvious flaws as an umpire and keep him away from the postseason or any type of leadership role. Instead, it is common sense to keep the incompetent in places where they can do as little damage as possible if they cannot be removed from their jobs.

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Angel Hernandez had his lawsuit against MLB thrown out once again. It just goes to show that pointing out incompetence is not discrimination.