DETROIT — Minnesota Twins broadcaster Jim Kaat called New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes “Nestor the Molestor” during a broadcast Thursday, the Temple pitcher’s second offensive remark of the past year. of fame, 83, on a one-game call.
As Minnesota’s Chris Archer knocked out Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera, Kaat began to explain that Cortes had become one of his favorite pitchers in a breakout season with New York.
“‘Nestor the Aggressor,’ Nestor Cortes,” Kaat said. “Different angles and speeds. It’s a launcher.
Twins vice president of communications and content Dustin Morse spoke to Kaat after the comment aired.
“Obviously we take these matters seriously and, as with all cases, we will deal with this internally and privately,” Morse said.
Kaat planned to contact Cortes directly and speak with the pitcher about the situation.
“Jim didn’t mean ill will,” Morse said.
After the Yankees swept a day-night doubleheader from the Los Angeles Angels, Cortes said he heard about Kaat’s comment.
“I’m sure, you know, he didn’t really mean it, and people make mistakes, but that didn’t offend me at all,” Cortes told The Associated Press.
“So, you know, I really don’t have anything more than that, honestly.”
Cortes is affectionately known as “Nasty Nestor” to Yankees fans while going 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA to start this season. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the Angels on Thursday to win Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Kaat, a longtime commentator who also worked for the Yankees and MLB Network, apologized in October after saying teams should try to “get a 40-acre field full of” players who look like the player from White Sox infielder Yoan Moncada.
His comment on Moncada reminded some viewers of the U.S. government’s broken promise that freed slaves would be given 40 acres and a mule after the Civil War. He apologized later in that game between the Houston Astros and the White Sox.
“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 which resulted in an insensitive and hurtful remark,” he said. he declares. “And I’m sorry about that.”