How Angel Hernandez ruined his only chance to officiate a World Series game

In response to Angel Hernandez’s lawsuit, MLB said the controversial umpire cost himself a chance to be a part of the 2018 World Series.

Angel Hernandez is one of baseball’s most controversial personalities. The referee drew the wrath of the fans in the stands, the players in the batter’s box and the manager in the dugout. If you need further proof of the latter, check out the Philadelphia Phillies Slugger Kyle Schwarber’s reaction to a bad phone call that led to his sacking.

Back in 2017, Hernandez sued MLB, claiming he faced racial discrimination because he had not been given an opportunity to officiate a World Series game since 2005. Hernandez lost the lawsuit last year, but he went to the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals to try to reinstate it.

The league responded in a legal motion on Wednesday. according to the Associated Press, and said that Hernandez did indeed have a chance to referee the 2018 World Series. However, the league claimed he missed the opportunity after three of his first base calls in Game 3 of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were overturned.

MLB claims Angel Hernandez cost himself a chance to officiate the 2018 World Series

MLB said in its statement that former Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre selected Hernandez as part of the ALDS between Boston and New York to earn his World Series spot that year. That never came to fruition as the league cited the three overturned calls in that game.

“Hernandez did not capitalize on this opportunity and was not equal to the opportunity,” MLB wrote, h/t Associated Press. “This was the first time since the introduction of enhanced instant replay in 2014 that a referee overruled three calls in a postseason game. Based on his performance during that Division Series playoff game, Torre wasn’t confident that Hernandez could perform effectively on an even more intense stage and for that reason didn’t select him for this season’s World Series.

In Game 3 (via ESPN), Hernandez called Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius safe on a bun, but the retest tipped it. Gleyber Torres was called out on an infield grounder by Hernandez but was called safe after review. Then Gregorius was called up by Hernandez for a double play. Then the review tipped it over to name Gregorius safe.

The referees who were elected to officiate the World Series between the Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers were crew chief Ted Barrett, Fieldin Culbreth, Jeff Nelson, Kerwin Danley, Chad Fairchild, Jim Reynolds and Tim Timmons.

MLB claims that Hernandez did indeed come close to officiating a World Series in 2018, but his appearance on first base at Yankee Stadium for ALDS Game 3 ended any chance of that happening. How Angel Hernandez ruined his only chance to officiate a World Series game

John Verrall

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