HOUSTON -- - MLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat apologized during Friday's AL Division Series game between the Astros and White Sox after saying teams should try to "get a 40-acre field full of" players who look like Chicago infielder Yoan Moncada.
Kaat, a former All-Star pitcher and longtime commentator for the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, made the remark in the first inning of Game 2 in response to a comment from broadcaster Buck Showalter about Moncada, who is Cuban.
"After the first time I saw him in the big leagues, I looked around the dugout, like, 'Do we have one of those?'" said Showalter, who opposed Moncada while managing the Baltimore Orioles.
Kaat replied: "Get a 40-acre field full of them," a remark that reminded some viewers of the unfilled promise by the U.S. government that freed slaves would receive 40 acres and a mule following the Civil War.
Kaat, 82, apologized during the fifth inning.
"Earlier in the game when Yoan Moncada was at the plate, in an attempt to compliment the great player that he is, I used a poor choice of words that resulted in an insensitive and hurtful remark," he said. "And I'm sorry for that."