Jack Morris apologized during the game against the LA Angels on Tuesday for an insensitive remark he made earlier in the broadcast.
Jimenez struck out Lagares in the sixth inning, setting up a runner-on-second situation for Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani.
Morris, who has won 254 games in his eighteen-years-long league career, was asked by Tigers play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard what the plan should be against Ohtani
Morris said, “Be very cautious,” but in an apparent tone aimed towards English-speaking Asians.
Jack Morris apologized on-air during the ninth inning when Ohtani came up to bat again. He said that it has been brought to his notice, and he regret profusely if he had upset anybody, particularly anyone in the Asian community, with his comments about being cautious with Shohei Ohtani. Jack Morris said he had no intention of being disrespectful, and he apologized if he was. He said he definitely appreciates and admires this gentleman.
The Detroit Free Press contacted Bally Sports Detroit and the Tigers for comment on Morris but received no response.
Morris began his career as a television commentator in 2013 and has covered the Tigers since 2015. In 2018, the Modern Era Committee inducted him for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Morris made a sexist remark to a Free Press intern during his last season with the Tigers in 1990. After a game, when Jennifer approached him to pose a question, Morris said that he doesn’t speak to anybody while he is naked, particularly ladies, unless they’re on top of him or he is on top of them. However, Morris has subsequently issued an apology for the comments.