Yankees no longer have to deal with MLB’s most controversial umpire

The New York Yankees will no longer have to deal with MLB’s most controversial umpire, Angel Hernandez, who announced his retirement Monday.

After 30 years in the league, Hernandez is calling it a career. He’s had so many moments, it’s difficult to keep up. We still took a look at his most infamous calls, of course.

He wasn’t without his controversy with the Yankees this season either.

Hernandez gave a statement through the league:

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,” Hernandez said in the statement. “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.

I have decided that I want to spend more time with my family.

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.

Hernandez certainly was a polarizing figure for just about every team in MLB. Even the league had a run-in with him when he unsuccessfully sued MLB for racial discrimination, a case he lost.

Though Hernandez was beloved by his fellow umpires, the missed calls certainly won’t be missed.

For more Yankees coverage, check out Kevin Hickey’s work on Sporting News.

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