Lyons keeps part-time job with Dodgers

Updated: October 18, 2006, 1:40 AM ET
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Steve Lyons, who was fired by Fox for making a racially insensitive comment directed at colleague Lou Piniella's Hispanic heritage on the air, will keep his job as a part-time commentator for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team and its broadcast network said Monday.

Steve Lyons on Mike & Mike
Steve Lyons tells Mike & Mike why he was fired by Fox and says the now-infamous wallet joke had nothing to do with Lou Piniella speaking Spanish.

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The team said Lyons has been given probationary guidelines and will undergo diversity training.

Of the diversity training, Lyons told the Los Angeles Times, "I'm happy to do it."

The probationary guidelines "give the Dodgers the right to fire me if there are any other transgressions, but I think they'd have that right anyway," Lyons told the newspaper.

"I'm taking a big financial hit," Lyons added, "but I'm thrilled and proud to continue as a voice of the Dodgers."

Lyons, 46, works as a commentator with play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner on road games that long-time voice of the Dodgers Vin Scully does not do.

Lyons was fired after making on-air comments on Friday that Fox deemed inappropriate.

Piniella had made an analogy involving the luck of finding a wallet, then briefly used a couple of Spanish phrases during Friday's broadcast.

Lyons said that Piniella was "hablaing Espanol" -- butchering the conjugation for the word "to speak" -- and added, "I still can't find my wallet."

"I don't understand him, and I don't want to sit too close to him now," Lyons continued.

Lyons later claimed he was kidding.

"If I offended anybody, I'm truly sorry," Lyons said. "But my comment about Lou taking my wallet was a joke and in no way racially motivated."

That incident came eight days after Lyons and play-by-play partner Thom Brennaman made fun of a 64-year-old New York Mets fan wearing a magnifying device over his eyes, unaware the man was blind except for peripheral vision in one eye.

Lyons, who was hired when Fox began broadcasting baseball in 1996, was suspended without pay in late September 2004 after his remarks about Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Green is Jewish and elected not to play one of the two games at San Francisco that took place during the Yom Kippur holiday.

The network apologized for Lyons' remarks at the time.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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