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Testimony: MLB official thought Rob Manfred would nix Angel Hernandez World Series assignment

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A major league official testified he suggested Angel Hernandez be removed from consideration for the 2015 World Series because he did not think Commissioner Rob Manfred would approve the umpire to work baseball’s premier event.

Hernandez sued Major League Baseball in 2017, alleging race discrimination and cited his failure to be assigned to the World Series since 2005 and MLB’s failure to promote him to crew chief.

Documents and depositions from pretrial discovery were filed late Friday night and early Saturday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan as part of Hernandez’s motion for a partial summary judgment.cheap nfl nike jersey

A member of the big league staff since 1993, the Cuba-born Hernandez worked the World Series in 2002 and 2005. He was not picked after Joe Torre was hired in 2011 to head baseball operations.2

Steve Palermo, an umpire supervisor, sent an email on Oct. 16, 2015, to Randy Marsh, the director of umpiring, recommending Hernandez for the World Series along with Phil Cuzzi, Gerry Davis, Marvin Hudson, Dale Scott, Bill Welke and Jim Wolf. Palermo copied Torre and Peter Woodfork, the senior vice president of baseball operations.

Woodfork forwarded the email to Matt McKendry, senior director of umpire operations, and wrote on top: “Four new umpires and the guy in the middle of the largest debacle.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Woodfork sent a text message to Torre, the chief baseball officer, on the afternoon of Oct. 16 that read: “Angel is going to be a no for Rob.”

Rich Rieker, director of umpire development, sent an email to Woodfork later that day, stating: “I do not know the totals. They are just suggestions. Put who you and Joe want in from the suggestions. Take Angel out if you want. Any supervisor or director that told any umpires about any lists should be disciplined.”

Cuzzi, Hudson, Welke and Wolf had not worked a World Series. Hernandez was involved in a controversy in 2013 when Oakland’s Adam Rosales was awarded a double after a video review rather than a home run. The replay system in use at the time did not provide sufficiently clear images to the New York control room.

Welke and Wolf were picked for the 2015 Series between Kansas City and the New York Mets, along with fellow Series newcomer Mark Carlson. They were joined by Gary Cederstom, Mike Everitt, Alfonso Marquez and Mike Winters.

During a deposition last June 21, Woodfork testified he did not recall Manfred telling him he did not want Hernandez in the World Series. Woodfork testified “I took a presumption on the situation.”

Ed Montague, another umpire supervisor, recommended Hernandez for the 2012 World Series.

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