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MLB condemns Colin Cowherd’s remarks about Dominicans

Baseball players are irate with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd and have demanded an apology after the radio host made disparaging remarks about Dominican players.

Popping off about the months-old controversy of the Marlins firing their manager and replacing him with the team’s general manager, Cowherd made the foolish remarks while mocking the notion that baseball is “too complex” for non-baseball lifers to understand.

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“It’s baseball,’’ Cowherd said. “You don’t think a general manager can manage? Like it’s impossible? The game is too complex? ‘Baseball’s just too complex.’

“Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have.”

That comment hit a nerve with Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, who is from the Dominican Republic, and the players association is poised to respond. USA Today reports that the MLBPA has demanded an apology from Cowherd, whose time at ESPN is winding down and a move to Fox is expected to follow.

Colin Cowherd is going out with a bang, a controversial one, at ESPN.Joe Faraoni/Joe Faraoni

Colin Cowherd is going out with a bang, a controversial one, at ESPN.

Some of the league’s biggest stars are Dominican, including David Ortiz, Robinson Cano and Albert Pujols, and USA Today cites that Dominicans made up nearly 10 percent of the players on Opening Day.

“Major League Baseball condemns the remarks made by Colin Cowherd, which were inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of the game,” MLB said in a statement issued on Friday. “Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology.”

ESPN called Cowherd’s remarks “inappropriate.”

Cowherd defended himself on his show Friday.

“I don’t think I should be defined by 16 seconds of a minute rant,” he said.

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