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Texas Rangers discuss the retirement of controversial referee Angel Hernandez

ARLINGTON – Was Wyatt Langford the final undoing of Angel Hernandez?

Hernandez, baseball’s most polarizing umpire, officially retired Tuesday after reaching a negotiated settlement with the MLB, reports indicate. Soon after, videos of Hernandez’s “greatest hits” of missed calls and takedowns circulated. Among those clips: the three goals he scored against Langford in April on balls that drifted further and further out of the zone.

Hernandez worked just five more games behind the plate after that series of pitches led to another round of social media calls for his ouster.

“I saw that video again yesterday,” Langford acknowledged Tuesday, though he declined to comment on other comments about Hernandez’s retirement.

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That was a common sentiment among the Rangers. They simply didn’t say much about Hernandez. On the other hand, he had not performed well in many Rangers games in recent years. According to the site Umpire Scorecards, Hernandez had only made two good appearances for Rangers games since 2020. Hernandez had not sent off a Ranger since 2019 when he dumped manager Chris Woodward for pleading for a replay after waiting too long to request one.

“I know he wants to spend time with his family,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “And I hope he enjoys it.”

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