Sport Jim Kaat apologizes for bizarre '40 acres' comment about Yoán Moncada during MLB playoff game
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MLB Network went old-school with its broadcast for the American League Division Series between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. That decision backfired in the first inning of Game 2.
The booth, consisting of Bob Costas as the announcer joined by Buck Showalter and Jim Kaat, discussed White Sox third baseman Yoán Moncada as he stepped to the batter's box for his first at-bat of the game Friday. Showalter, the longtime MLB manager, commented on Moncada's physique.
"Get a 40-acre field full of 'em," Kaat, 82, said.
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He apologized with a statement four innings later.
"Earlier in the game, when Yoán 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 and I'm sorry for that," Kaat said.
Hey— Dan Ewen Ⓥ (@VaguelyFunnyDan) can we maybe talk about this "Get a 40 acre field full of 'em" comment by the announcer?
wow that sounded heartfelt— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog)
Moncada struck out during the at-bat Kaat made the comment.
Kaat, who won 16 consecutive Gold Glove awards as a pitcher between 1962 and 1977, has been broadcasting since his playing days ended in the early 1980s. He won the 1982 World Series as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Kozma, 33, was added to the Athletics’ 40-man roster for the season’s final weekend after Elvis Andrus suffered a season-ending leg fracture. He went 1-for-11 during that Oakland cameo.Kozma, 33, was added to the Athletics’ 40-man roster for the season’s final weekend after Elvis Andrus suffered a season-ending leg fracture. He went 1-for-11 during that Oakland cameo — his first big-league action since the 2018 season in Detroit. The rest of Kozma’s season was spent with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he batted .244/.307/.337 in 500 plate appearances and collected the 1,000th hit of his minor-league career.