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Broadcaster Jack Morris Apologizes for Offensive Accent Before Shohei Ohtani At-Bat

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVAugust 18, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- AUGUST 18: Former pitcher Jack Morris is honored for his Hall of Fame induction prior to the game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers on August 18, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 7-5. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
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Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Morris, who currently works as a Detroit Tigers broadcaster, apologized for an accent he used while describing how to pitch Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani during Tuesday night's game.

Morris said in part: "I sincerely apologize if I offended anybody, especially anybody in the Asian community." Here's the full incident and apology, via Wood TV's Spencer Wheelock:

Spencer Wheelock @SpencerWheelock

Jack Morris apologies before Shohei Otani's at-bat in the ninth inning. <a href="https://t.co/WdCjfyfSvX">pic.twitter.com/WdCjfyfSvX</a>

The 66-year-old Minnesota native pitched for the Tigers (1977-1990), Minnesota Twins (1991), Toronto Blue Jays (1992-93) and Cleveland (1994) during his playing career. He's since returned to work for the Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays as a color analyst.

Morris is in his second stint as part of the Detroit broadcast crew. He was rehired in 2019 after previously working for the team during the 2015 and 2016 MLB seasons.

His remark about Ohtani, a native of Japan, came before the Tigers intentionally walked MLB's home run leader in the sixth inning. Morris apologized when the two-way sensation returned to the plate in the ninth inning.

Neither the Tigers nor television network Bally Sports Detroit returned initial requests for comment on Morris from Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday night.

Ohtani, the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year and a 2021 All-Star, finished the game by going 1-for-3 with three walks in an 8-2 Angels win.

Los Angeles and Detroit have two matchups left on Wednesday and Thursday as part of a three-game series.