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    Tigers’ TV analyst Jack Morris apologizes for perceived racist accent during Shohei Ohtani at-bat

    Detroit — Tigers television analyst Jack Morris gave a lengthy apology during Tuesday night’s game after comments in the sixth inning were perceived by some viewers as him using a Japanese accent as Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani was coming to the plate.

    Ohtani, the Angels’ two-way player who was hitting Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, came to the plate with a runner on second and two out in a 2-2 game. Tigers play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard asked Morris how he’d pitch to Ohtani, with first base open.

    Morris responded, using an accent: “Very, very careful.” He apologized a short time later. The remark quickly made the rounds on social media, some saying Morris was being derogatory toward the Japanese. Others heard it differently, like an Elmer Fudd-type diction, or a take off Benton Harbor-born actor Arte Johnson’s famous quote, “Very interesting …”

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