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MLB: Colin Cowherd owes Dominicans apology

Detroit News staff and wires
Colin Cowherd

New York — Major League Baseball says ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd owes Dominican players an apology for remarks he made during his show.

In a statement Friday, baseball says it "condemns the remarks," calling them "inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game."

Cowherd said Thursday that he didn't believe baseball was complex, saying a third of the sport's athletes were from the Dominican Republic, which had "not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities."

There were 83 Dominican players on opening-day rosters, representing about 10 percent of all players in the majors.

One of them, Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, asked Cowherd on Twitter on Thursday for an explanation.

MLB followed Friday, saying: "Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology."

In a statement about Cowherd's remarks, players' union head Tony Clark, a former Tiger, said "to make an ignorant point by denigrating the intelligence of our Dominican members was not 'clunky' — it was offensive."

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was recently a guest on Cowherd's show. Cowherd didn't like how the interview transpired, and criticized Harbaugh on-air after the the interview was over.

Cowherd called it his "clunkiest interview ever."

ESPN recently said Cowherd is leaving the network amid reports he's going to Fox Sports 1.