Yankees fans rejoice but MLB negotiating settlement with ump Hernandez

Yankees manager Aaron Boone reacts after a bad call by umpire Angel Hernandez at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2024.

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In a move that has sparked widespread reactions across Major League Baseball, the Yankees’ bete noire and the often controversial umpire Angel Hernandez announced his retirement on Monday night. Having been a part of the MLB officiating crew since 1991, Hernandez cited his desire to spend more time with his family as the primary reason for stepping down much to the happiness of a long list of baseball fans, especially the Yankees faithful.

A long-awaited news for Yankees Fans

For Yankees supporters, Hernandez’s retirement has been met with a mix of relief and jubilation. Renowned for his inconsistent calls and frequent confrontations on the field, Hernandez’s umpiring style never sat well with the Bronx Bombers’ fanbase—or many of the players. One of the most telling incidents came during the 2018 American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, where three of Hernandez’s calls were overturned upon review. This led to former MLB pitcher Pedro Martinez and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia openly criticizing his performance. Sabathia’s blunt critique, captured vividly on social media, resonated with many, stating, “I don’t understand why he’s doing these games. He’s always bad. He’s a bad umpire.”

Controversial umpire, often riling up the Yankees, retires from MLB.

The frustration wasn’t limited to players. Fans expressed their grievances loud and clear on platforms like Twitter, with comments ranging from “Good Riddance” to calling Hernandez “the worst ump in history.” One fan tweeted, “Totally identical. Could have been one shot shown side by side. Hernandez sucks. Always has.” Another echoed, “Thank God he retired!!” while a more sarcastic comment read, “He’s going to Cooperstown,” and another read Guessing he was FINALLY told to retire or get embarrassed.”

In a retirement statement, the polarizing umpire said:”

“Starting with my first major league game in 1991, I have had the very good experience of living out my childhood dream of umpiring in the major leagues. I treasured the camaraderie of my colleagues and the friendships I have made along the way.”

Despite his intentions to retire gracefully, Hernandez’s career has been anything but uncontroversial. Hernandez’s performance metrics have often painted a bleak picture. In his reduced role last season, due to a back injury, Hernandez made erroneous decisions on 161 strike-ball calls in just 10 games, according to Umpire Auditor reports. Angel Hernandez’s retirement closes a chapter on one of the most polarizing careers in MLB umpiring history. While he expressed pride in his role in promoting minorities within the league and cherished the camaraderie formed, the overarching narrative remains tinted by the poor decisions that shadowed his three-decade-long career.

According to USA Today, the now-retired umpire and MLB were into negotiating a financial settlement for the last two weeks. His retirement decision came only after a deal was reached in the weekend.

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