Tim McCarver Escapes Punishment for World War II Analogy
In the middle of relaying his feeling that the Yankees organization had not treated Torre properly after he left the club following the 2007 season, McCarver analogized the relative absence of Torre's image around Yankee Stadium to the airbrushing out of Russian and German generals from photographs during World War II.
The network, through spokesman Dan Bell, issued a statement Monday, criticizing McCarver's use of language:
"We've discussed the situation with Tim, and relayed in no uncertain terms that his choice of analogies was inappropriate, which he completely agrees with and regrets using," Bell said. "Given his contrition and flawless 25-year track record, we're comfortable no further action is necessary."
McCarver's analogy drew immediate criticism in the blogosphere, as well as condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League.
McCarver apologized for the analogy, but stood behind the substance of the comments in remarks made to the New York Daily News.
"Although my analogy was inappropriate, in my opinion the underlying point remains true," McCarver said. "That Yankee management -- not the players, they have embraced Joe Torre and always will -- has erased Joe Torre from their history, for the most part."