Yesterday, for reasons that are only clear to him, Red Sox commentator Jerry Remy opined on the air that players who do not speak English should not be allowed to have translators on the field for mound visits. To the extent Remy explained his comments, it was to say that these players, such as Masahiro Tanaka, who inspired the comments, should “learn baseball language.”
Remy didn’t have some strategic reason for why players should not have translators. He did not identify any unfair advantage this may provide someone like Tanaka. It mostly amounted to an opinion that players should speak English. Which, given that translators are increasingly common and provided for via the Collective Bargaining Agreement, is not consistent with Major League Baseball’s views.
Remy’s opinion was likewise not consistent with his employer’s views. NESN just released this statement:
In statement, NESN apologizes for Remy's no-translator comments last night. Remy, says NESN, regrets saying what he did. pic.twitter.com/LeTGgBu9kV
Between this and the Mike Schmidt nonsense, it may be a good idea for ballplayers who have been retired for 30 years to stop offering unsolicited comments about what language current players speak and why it matters.
A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.
If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:
Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.
I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.