Colin Cowherd is not a very popular figure for many sports fans, and he didn't make himself many friends in baseball circles during his radio show today. Cowherd, who is set to leave ESPN for Fox Sports later this year, was discussing the Miami Marlins' general manager Dan Jennings decision to appoint himself as manager earlier this season. Jennings has little managerial experience, but Cowherd argues that baseball is not as complex as people can seem, because much of the MLB comes from the Dominican Republic.
That's a bad take.
NBC Sports has a transcription of the rest of Cowherd's argument. It doesn't make the controversial stance much better.
“It’s too complex? I’ve never bought into that ‘baseball is 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. Baseball is like any sport. It’s mostly instincts. A sportswriter who covers baseball could go up to Tony La Russa and make an argument and Tony would listen and it would seem reasonable. There’s not a single NFL writer in the country who could diagram a play for Bill Belichick. You know, we get caught up in this whole ‘thinking-man’s game.’ Is it in the same family? Most people could do it. It’s not being a concert pianist. It’s in the same family.”
Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, one of the game's best hitters and a native of the Dominican Republic, has already tweeted at Cowherd about his remarks.
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This is far from the first time that Cowherd has made regrettable statements about athletes. He has had a bizarre penchant for bashing Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.
Apparently Cowherd's upcoming network switch won't prevent him from causing controversy, even as he's on his way out the door from ESPN.