McCarver on revisionist history: Torre’s treatment by the Yankees was Nazi-esque

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You can never go wrong with a Nazi reference.

Or is it, you can always go wrong? …

Fox baseball analyst Tim McCarver used some questionable analogies during Saturday’s Yankees-Rays regional telecast to describe how the Yankees have seemed to blot out the accomplishments of former manager Joe Torre, the Sports Business Daily reviews in its edition today.

It cites first a New York Post story (linked here) that transcribes McCarver as saying:

“You remember some of those despotic leaders in World War II, primarily in Russia and Germany, where they used to take those pictures that they had … taken of former generals who were no longer alive, they had shot ‘em. They would airbrush the pictures, and airbrushed the generals out of the pictures. In a sense, that’s what the Yankees have done with Joe Torre. They have airbrushed his legacy. I mean, there’s no sign of Joe Torre at the stadium. And, that’s ridiculous.”

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McCarver added that “to the Yankees credit, Joe Torre’s No. 6 has not been worn since Torre has (left). That has got to be resolved. You just can’t ignore a guy who did what Joe Torre did.”

The SBD cites a story by Sporting News.com’s Adam Hutchins (linked here), who also wrote: “No question that McCarver made an absurdly inarticulate comparison between an authentic tragedy and a dispute between a millionaire and his former employer … (it) remains to be seen what, if any, punishment McCarver will face.”

SportingNews.com also had a clip of the rant on its site via YouTube but has had to take it down because of copyright claim by MLB Advanced Media.

The SBD also includes a blog comment by St. Petersburg Press’ Tom Jones (linked here: “Attacking the Yankees over Torre is fine, but we’re going to compare this to things that happened in Nazi Germany and the old Soviet Union and during World War II? Really? … This is just sports, people! Memo to everyone: Let’s stop using references to Nazis and slavery and other things such as the Sept. 11 attacks, world wars, Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden and anything in the real world.”

And USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes: “(It) should probably go without saying that it’s not a great idea to compare sports front office moves with, say, killings in the Nazi and Soviet systems.” Hiestand: “Kind of a stretch to compare Torre’s fate … to those of military officers executed by their own governments.”

The Yankees-Rays game was not aired in the Southern California market on Saturday — instead, we saw the Dodgers-Cardinals game from St. Louis with Joe Buck and Eric Karros on the call. McCarver worked that game Saturday with Kenny Albert as his broadcast partner.

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