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Red Sox announcer apologizes for comment about translators during games after facing backlash

New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took to the mound at home on Tuesday night to face the team's historic division rival, the Boston Red Sox.

Tanaka pitched only five innings and gave up five runs on on five hits, including three home runs in a 5-4 loss to Boston -- but his performance wasn't what garnered the most attention during the game.

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Tanaka, who was born in Japan, utilizes a translator whenever he needs to speak with his teammates or coaches, including in conversations on the mound while the game is going on.

During the game's broadcast, Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy said he didn't believe translators should be permitted.

Listen to Remy's full comments below:

"I don't think that should be legal," he said after Tanaka's translator paid the pitcher a visit alongside the team's pitching coach, Larry Rothchild.

Remy implied that players who require a translator should simply "learn baseball language."

The comment was met with immediate criticism on social media, and even a bit of questioning from Remy's partner in the booth, Dave O'Brien.

See some of the backlash from baseball fans on Twitter:

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Jerry Remy doesn't think Tanaka's translator should be allowed to come to the mound. "Learn baseball language", he says. Yikes.
Welp, Jerry Remy just got full on racist about Tanaka on the NESN broadcast. O'Brien trying hard to save it. Gah.
I don't mind the translators going to the mound but still annoyed by PC obsessed Snowflakes whining about Jerry Remy right now. #RedSox
Yes, the comment was wrong from Jerry Remy but Dave O'Brien was unprofessional by making more questions to him about the subject.
Weird night for Jerry Remy to be dropping casually racist comments on the Sox game
@WFAN660 Jerry Remy shouldn't be allowed to announce baseball games
Jerry Remy shouldn't have said that about Tanaka's translator. I don't think he meant anything by it either though.
I disagree with what Jerry Remy said, but he's not a racist. He's a great analyst/color guy. Time to move on...great game yesterday!
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Tanaka isn't the only Major League Baseball player who works with a translator.

Prior to the 2016 season, the MLB sent a directive to all teams requiring them to provide full-time Spanish translators for their players due to the large number of Spanish-speaking athletes in the league.

The announcer's statements came just over a month after Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones opened up about the racism he faces at Fenway Park. In response, the Red Sox have recently beefed up the penalties for racist taunts and acts from fans at Fenway.

Remy tweeted out an apology for his comments Wednesday morning:

Remy has been a broadcaster on the New England Sports Newtork, which broadcasts all Red Sox games, since 1988. Before working in television, Remy spent 10 years in the MLB as a second baseman. He played for the Red Sox from 1978 to 1984, making one All-Star team.

Take a look back at Remy's career:

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BOSTON, MA - CIRCA 1978: Jerry Remy #2 of the Boston Red Sox in action during an Major League Baseball game circa 1978 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Remy played for the Red Sox from 1978-84. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Jerry Remy of the Boston Red Sox poses with his bat before a game. Jerry Remy played for the Red Sox from 1978-1984. (Photo by Louis Requena/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - 1978: Jerry Remy #2 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait circa 1978 in Boston, Massachusetts. Remy played for the Red Sox from 1978-84. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 9: While Boston Red Sox player Glenn Hoffman and other players acting as offensive linemen head down the field, Dave Stapleton stays with acting quarterback Jerry Remy during a game of football at the end of a team workout at Fenway Park in Boston on Aug. 9, 1981. (Photo by Frank O'Brien/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - CIRCA 1982: Jerry Remy #2 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Baltimore Orioles during an Major League Baseball game circa 1982 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Remy played for the Red Sox from 1978-84. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Jerry Remy. June 15, 1987. (Photo by Nury Hernandez/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 31: Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy chats with his former manager Don Zimmer before Game four of the playoffs against the Yankees at Fenway Park. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 03: Former Red Sox second baseman Jerry Remy throws out the first pitch before the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels meet for Game one of the American League Division Series on October 3, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
NATICK, MA - DECEMBER 12: Jerry Remy, the President of Red Sox Nation taking questions from five second grade classes at the Memorial School in Natick, Mass. on Wednesday, December 12, 2007. (Photo by Dominic Chavez/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 21: Sox announcer Jerry Remy is back in his usual spot in the NESN announcers' booth after taking a leave to battle lung cancer and depression. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 26: Jim Rice greets Jerry Remy as members of the All Fenway team are introduced on the field. The All Fenway Park team is honored in a pre-game ceremony before taking on the Tampa Bay Rays in the last home game of the season at Fenway Park. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - MARCH 25: Jerry Remy, left, Cambridge Probate Court after a custody hearing on his granddaughter, Arianna Remy, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 29: The new NESN broadcast team of Dave O'Brien (left) and Jerry Remy (right) stand outside a dugout before the start of a spring training exhibition game between at the Boston Red Sox and Boston College at the Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 29, 2016. The Red Sox played their first two games of the exhibition season, taking part in two, seven-inning games against BC and Northeastern University at spring training. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WATERTOWN, MA - FEBRUARY 13: NESN commentator and former Red Sox second baseman Jerry Remy talks about his recurrence of cancer at NESN studios in Watertown, MA on Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 5: NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy poses for a headshot portrait before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 5, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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