5-at-10: Stephen A. steps in it, NBA ratings tanking, UT in-state matters, Free British Open contest

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani works the first inning against the Texas Rangers during a baseball game on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Stephen A.

So Stephen A. stepped in it Monday on "First Take."

His premise was that Major League Baseball is in trouble in some ways, that its biggest star needs an interpreter to communicate to the press and the public. He of course was referring to Shohei Ohtani, who may still be learning English but is Ivy League-level educated in the language of baseball.

"The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn't speak English, believe it or not, I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that's your box office appeal," Smith said on ESPN's most prominent morning show. "It needs to be somebody like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, those guys. And unfortunately at this point in time, that's not the case."

He continued.