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LA Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes the high road after commentator’s ‘racist’ Asian accent

Shohei Ohtani says he's not offended by Jack Morris' use of a mock Asian accent.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani reportedly takes no offense in Detroit Tigers analyst Jack Morris’ use of a mock Asian accent while talking about him.

The backlash: Jack Morris, 66, a National Baseball Hall of Famer, used the problematic accent while referencing Ohtani during a game between the Angels and Tigers on Tuesday. The incident resulted in his indefinite suspension at Bally Sports Detroit.

Detroit Tigers broadcaster suspended for using mock Asian accent on Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani gets apology from Jack Morris

Detroit Tigers game analyst Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely by Bally Sports Detroit following his apology for using a mock Asian accent when broadcasting about Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani during a match Tuesday night. 

What happened: Morris, a former Tigers pitcher inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018, was asked to comment about Ohtani during the game’s sixth inning. At the time, Tigers pitcher Joe Jimenez had just struck out Juan Lagares and Ohtani was coming up to bat.

Shohei Ohtani donates $150K Home Run Derby paycheck to LA Angels support staff

Shohei Ohtani

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani donated the paycheck he received from the Home Run Derby competition to the team’s support staff as a way to show his appreciation.

As a thank you: The 27-year-old athlete distributed the $150,000 paycheck to around 30 staffers, including trainers, clubhouse workers and media relations employees on Friday, a source told The OC Register.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith apologizes after rant on MLB phenom Shohei Ohtani’s ‘marketability’

Sports commentator Stephen A. Smith made a public apology Monday night after his xenophobic rant on Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani drew backlash online. 

Controversial comments: During his ESPN show, “First Take,” on Monday, Smith claimed Ohtani’s rise in Major League Baseball (MLB) would potentially harm the sport because he doesn’t speak English. 

Shohei Ohtani hits 32nd homer, sets single-season record by Japanese player

Shohei Ohtani

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani made history after hitting his 32nd home run of the year during the fifth inning of their 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

Record-breaker: Ohtani’s major-league-leading homer surpassed the record for the most home runs by a Japanese player, which Hideki Matsui set in 2004 while playing for the New York Yankees, reported ESPN.

Family Demands Answers After Baseball Pitcher Dies From ‘Routine’ Surgery, GoFundMe Created

Sang Ho Baek

A grieving family is seeking answers over the death of a college baseball player from Maryland who died after undergoing surgery to mend an elbow injury.

Routine surgery turns tragic: George Mason University Patriots pitcher Sang Ho Baek, 20, died due to complications from a “Tommy John” surgery (ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction) on June 12 at a TidalHealth medical facility in Salisbury, Md., The New York Times reported.

Yankees Starting Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka Returns to Japan Amid COVID-19 Spread in US

Masahiro Tanaka

The starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka, has announced that he left the U.S. in March to bring his family back home to Japan after “a situation where I was in danger besides the coronavirus.”

In a series of tweets, Tanaka revealed that his decision to return to his native country was due to the danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to spread across the U.S.

Shin-Soo Choo Donates $190,000 to Help Texas Rangers Minor League Players During Shutdown

Texas Rangers

Shin-soo Choo, Texas Rangers’ outfielder and designated hitter, is donating $1,000 to about 190 minor league players as the MLB shuts down games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

After hearing about the indefinite shut down of MLB about two weeks ago, the 37-year-old professional baseball player took it upon himself to help out minor league players under the Texas Rangers, according to Dallas News.