DETROIT (AP) – Minnesota Twins presenter Jim Kaat called New York Yankees leftist Nestor Cortes “Nestor the Robber” …
Detroit (AP) – Minnesota Twins presenter Jim Kaat called New York Yankees leftist Nestor Cortes “Nestor the Robber” during Thursday’s broadcast, the second insulting remark in 83 years by the 83-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher. while calling the game.
When Chris Archer of Minnesota deleted Detroit star Miguel Cabrera, Coat began explaining that Cortes had become one of his favorite pitchers during the breakout season with New York.
“Nestor the Offender,” Nestor Cortes, ”Kaat said. “Angles and different speeds. He’s a pitcher. “
Twins Vice President of Communications and Content Dustin Morse spoke to Kaat after the broadcast of the comment.
“Obviously, we take these issues seriously and, as in all cases, we will address it internally and privately,” Morse said.
Coat planned to contact Cortes directly and talk to the pitcher about the situation.
“Jim didn’t mean evil will,” Morse said.
Cortes lovingly became known as “Nastya Nestor” by Yankee fans when he went 5-1 with an ERA of 1.50 to start this season. On Thursday, he held seven zero innings against Los Angeles Angeles to win the first game of the doubleheader.
Cortes and the Yankees played with the Angels at night in the second game.
Kaat, a longtime commentator who also worked for the Yankees and MLB Network, apologized in October after saying teams should try to “get a 40-acre field full” of players who look like White Sox infielder John Mancado.
His commentary on Moncada reminded some viewers of an unfulfilled promise by the U.S. government that freed slaves would receive 40 acres and a mule after the Civil War. He later apologized in that game between the Astros and the White Sox.
“Earlier in the game, when John Mancado was behind the plate, in an attempt to compliment the great player he is, I used a poor choice of words, which led to an insensitive and offensive remark,” he said. “And I’m sorry about that.”
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