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Baseball Just Got a Million Times Better (Original Post) rpannier May 27 OP
I barely follow baseball and even I know that name, as being a RockRaven May 27 #1
OK, I've been busy, whaaa? How did this happen? ms liberty May 27 #2
MLB gave him money to retire rpannier May 28 #12
Hadn't worked a game since May 9 Bristlecone May 27 #3
Way overdue, but good news. It sounds like MLB used $$ to push him into 'retirement'... Princess Turandot May 27 #4
Good Riddance!! GP6971 May 27 #5
He FINALLY made the right call... regnaD kciN May 27 #6
Well played . . . Journeyman May 27 #9
He released a statement True Dough May 27 #7
friendships I made along the way... rpannier May 28 #13
You're forgetting True Dough May 28 #14
One of which I am. Different Drummer Jun 3 #16
The current crop of home plate umpires is so bad ... usonian May 27 #8
Then sound and pressure at First Base. Safe ? Traurigkeit May 28 #10
MLB is slooooow. usonian May 28 #11
There is an account on X that rates the accuracy or lack thereof... Different Drummer Jun 3 #17
First Joe West and now Angel? Doc Sportello May 28 #15

Princess Turandot

(4,799 posts)
4. Way overdue, but good news. It sounds like MLB used $$ to push him into 'retirement'...
Mon May 27, 2024, 11:04 PM
May 27

... Various articles note something like this:

Hernández and the league have reportedly been negotiating terms of his retirement over the past two weeks. (From Yahoo Sports)

I assume that umpires normally retire under the terms of existing contractual pension arrangements and don't require any negotiations.

He sued the league for discrimination awhile back claiming he was not chosen to work the World Series due to his Cuban ethnicity. The case was thrown out, and subsequent appeals failed as well. He last worked the WS in 2005.


(24,432 posts)
13. friendships I made along the way...
Tue May 28, 2024, 05:39 AM
May 28

Bookies? Baseball haters? People who suck so badly at their job, they need to see someone who is worse to feel better about themselves?


(10,873 posts)
8. The current crop of home plate umpires is so bad ...
Mon May 27, 2024, 11:36 PM
May 27

How bad?

MLB is advancing ABS ( automated balls and strikes) aka robo-ump, through the minors. Slooooooowy in to the majors.

Only people upset so far at the prospect are catchers who perform “sleight of glove” framing of pitches.

Angel’s not in the outfield, nor anywhere else in MLB.

Last seen steering a ship in Baltimore harbor.


(10,873 posts)
11. MLB is slooooow.
Tue May 28, 2024, 01:47 AM
May 28

About the time that AI fades like pet rocks and Tamagotchis, MLB will adopt it to do “everything”

And it will hallucinate!

Doc Sportello

(7,673 posts)
15. First Joe West and now Angel?
Tue May 28, 2024, 09:15 AM
May 28

Perhaps the two worst umpires in MLB history now belong to the ages, diamond wise. Both making close to half a million a year when they retired. I talked to a AAA ump and he told me about the cushy lifestyle of major league umps and why they stay so long that younger, better ones can't crack the show. One aspect was their per diem. The nice hotels they stay at have breakfast buffets, there is buffet food at the stadium, so they might use their per diem for one meal a day, but maybe not. So they get 10s of thousands of cash they just keep adding to a mutual fund or retirement fund. And they can be terrible like West and Hernandez and keep on working.

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