Giants Manager Felipe Alou called a one-week suspension given to a radio host for making racial remarks about the team's Latino players "a slap on the hand" and said he wouldn't accept an apology from Larry Krueger.
"He came to apologize to me? You have to be kidding me," Alou said yesterday, one day after the suspension. "There's no way to apologize for such a sin."
Alou said he wasn't in position to accept an apology on behalf of the "hundreds of millions" of people offended earlier this week when Krueger went on the Giants' flagship station, KNBR, and sounded off about the struggling club and its "brain-dead Caribbean hitters hacking at slop nightly."
Krueger, who apologized on the air Thursday and offered to apologize to the team, will not be on the radio again until Aug. 15.
Alou also said he would no longer do his pregame radio spot with the station.
"My voice and the voices of others can't be coming out of the same wave," Alou said. "No way. I am a man of principle. I always have been and always will be."
The anger from the Giants organization and players did not die down a day after the controversy became public. Because Krueger is a talk-show host and not an announcer, the Giants have no control over his punishment.
SS Omar Vizquel compared the talk-show host's remarks to those made by former Braves P John Rocker, who in a 1999 interview with Sports Illustrated bashed gays, minorities and foreigners.
"I don't really think players care too much about what a guy says on the radio or what people write," 1B J.T. Snow said. "Our job is to go on the field and play."
* DELGADO ON DL: The Marlins placed 1B Carlos Delgado on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 28, and recalled RHP Randy Messenger from Class AAA Albuquerque.
Delgado has been sidelined since July 27 with a sore left elbow and hand. He took batting practice Friday and said his elbow was improving, but his hand wasn't getting better. He was hitting .294 with 21 home runs and 77 RBI.
* DUKE KEEPS ROLLING: LHP Zach Duke became only the second rookie in Pirates history to win his first five decisions as a starter, giving up more than one run for only the second time in his short career last night against the Dodgers.
Duke, 22, is the first Pirates rookie since Whitey Glazner in 1921 to start 5-0. No Pirates rookie has gone 6-0.
-- From News Services