MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner’s office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement.
In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, is holding a grudge against him that dates back to when Torre was manager of the New York Yankees.
In a May 2001 game, Hernandez made a call that prompted Torre to remark after the game that Hernandez “just wanted to be noticed over there.”
According to multiple reports, Hernandez says in his complaint that since Torre joined the league’s front office in 2011, “the notion that Hernandez ‘just wanted to be noticed’ permeated Hernandez’s yearly evaluations, as did Torre’s general negative attitude towards Hernandez.”
The Cuban-born Hernandez, who is in his 24th year as a major league ump, further contends that MLB is not doing an adequate job of promoting minority umpires.