Red Sox announcer apologizes for comment about translators during games after facing backlash

New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took to the mound at home on Tuesday night to face the team’s historic division rival, the Boston Red Sox.

Tanaka pitched only five innings and gave up five runs on on five hits, including three home runs in a 5-4 loss to Boston — but his performance wasn’t what garnered the most attention during the game.

Tanaka, who was born in Japan, utilizes a translator whenever he needs to speak with his teammates or coaches, including in conversations on the mound while the game is going on.

During the game’s broadcast, Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy said he didn’t believe translators should be permitted.

“I don’t think that should be legal,” he said after Tanaka’s translator paid the pitcher a visit alongside the team’s pitching coach, Larry Rothchild.

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TBT: When A-Rod was the starting shortstop for the Seattle Mariners

It’s been a long and interesting road for Alex Rodriguez, once one of the most highly touted prospects in all of baseball and now a member of both the 600 home run club and the 3,000 hit club.

Born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, Rodriguez grew up a fan of the New York Mets, likely never imagining he would later become one of the most recognizable members of the Mets’ crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees.

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