Ump Hernandez Loses Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against MLB

Ump Hernandez Loses Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — Umpire Ángel Hernández lost his lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging racial discrimination.

The Cuba-born Hernández sued in 2017 in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, a case later moved to New York. Hired as a big league umpire in 1993, he alleged he was discriminated against because he had not been assigned to the World Series since 2005 and had been passed over for crew chief. Hernández was made an interim crew chief last July at the start of the pandemic-delayed shortened season after a dozen umps decided to sit out.

“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.

Oetken wrote that MLB picking Alfonso Márquez to work the World Series in 2011 and 2015 was

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