Bob Brenly off the air for a week after Marcus Stroman’s comment accused of targeting Latino players with the Cubs
Diamondbacks TV analyst Bob Brenly said Thursday he was stepping off the airwaves for a week after commenting on the headgear of Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman which was widely viewed as racist.
Brenly also responded to accusations by former MLB player Aramis Ramirez, who said Brenly criticized him and other Cubs’ other Latino players more harshly than he did the white players when Brenly was TV analyst for the club. Ramirez named Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto in the group.
Broadcaster said in a statement to The Athletic (subscription required) he “voluntarily decided to take time to listen, reflect and devote my attention to awareness training related to diversity and inclusion in order to improve my understanding and appreciation of others”. He also said he expects to return to the air, “I hope a better person,” for the Diamondbacks’ next homestand. Arizona will be home on June 11.
In his response to Ramirez, Brenly denied that a player’s ethnicity had any impact on his analysis.
“My job is to describe Major League Baseball and call it what I see – good and bad. I’ve always tried to do it in an honest and unbiased manner, regardless of origin or location. race of a player I’m sorry my job offended Aramis as I consider him one of the most successful players of his generation, “wrote Brenly, 66.
Ramirez was with the Cubs from 2003 to 2011; Brenly was a Cubs TV broadcaster from 2005-2012 and joined the D-backs TV crew for the 2013 season.
On Tuesday, Brenly compared Stroman unfavorably to Mets legend Tom Seaver. “I’m pretty sure it’s the same du-rag Tom Seaver wore when he was throwing for the Mets,” Brenly, who is white, said of Stroman, who is black.
Brenly said in a statement released by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday that he made a “weak attempt at humor that was callous and flawed.”
Stroman tweeted wednesday it was moving “(o) up and up … through all adversity and racist undertones”.