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Ángel Hernández, MLB’s ‘Worst Umpire,’ Retires After 33 Years

Lead Photo: PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez after being called out on a third strike during the ninth inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park on April 24, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Brewers defeated the Phillies 1-0. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez after being called out on a third strike during the ninth inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park on April 24, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Brewers defeated the Phillies 1-0. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Ángel Hernández, who is considered by many to be “Major League Baseball’s worst umpire,” is calling it quits. After three decades in the big leagues, the controversial Cuban-American ump is retiring – effective immediately.

According to ESPN, Hernández worked his last game on May 9.

In a statement, Hernández said he decided to leave the game because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“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,” Hernández said. “There is nothing better than working at a profession that you enjoy. I treasured the camaraderie of my colleagues and the friendships I have made along the way, including our locker room attendants in all the various cities.”

Hernández added: “Needless to say, there have been many positive changes in the game of baseball since I first entered the profession. This includes the expansion and promotion of minorities. I am proud that I was able to be an active participant in that goal while being a Major League umpire.”

During his time in the MLB, Hernández was criticized for his calls on the field. Once social media became a tool for his critics, his reputation preceded him despite being liked by his fellow umpires.

In 2022, a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers went viral because Umpire Auditor, a website that keeps track of bad calls made by big-league umpires, pinged Hernández for missing 19 calls during the game.

In 2017, Hernández sued MLB for racial discrimination because he had not been assigned to work a World Series since 2005. He lost the lawsuit and a subsequent appeal.