Marcus Stroman Calls Out Broadcaster for Insensitive Remarks

Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly apologized on Wednesday for a making touch upon Tuesday’s broadcast concerning the headwear of Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman.

“During last night’s game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong,” Brenly, a former Diamondbacks supervisor, stated in a press release launched by the staff. “I apologize to Marcus Stroman and have reached out directly to share those thoughts. I have had several conversations with the D-backs and we agree that seeking sensitivity training is an important step so that I can continue to learn from my mistakes in order to be better in the future.”

In the fourth inning of Tuesday’s recreation in Arizona, with the digital camera exhibiting a close-up of Stroman on the mound, Brenly stated, “Pretty sure that’s the same durag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets.”

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Brenly, 67, didn’t tackle the remark for the remainder of the sport, and the Diamondbacks didn’t televise Wednesday’s recreation, which was carried solely on YouTube. Stroman was not requested concerning the remark in his postgame Zoom information convention, however he has since tweeted or re-tweeted about it dozens of occasions.

“Onward and upward … through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all!” Stroman wrote in a single publish. In one other, above an illustration of himself in a durag, Stroman wrote, “Those who talk down on you are already beneath you.”

Stroman additionally tweeted a photograph of himself in a durag marked together with his private model, HDMH, and wrote, “Du-rags coming soon.” Stroman is the shortest pitcher within the main leagues, at 5 toes 7 inches tall, and the identify of his attire firm stands for “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart.”

Mets Manager Luis Rojas known as Brenly’s feedback inappropriate and stated that if Brenly was making an attempt to make a joke, Rojas didn’t get it. Rojas stated he had spoken with Stroman, whose father is Black and whose mom is from Puerto Rico, about his cultural experiences.

“Some of the things that happen out in society, they really affect a guy like Marcus, and they affect other people,” Rojas stated. “I can understand him being upset with what happened last night.”

Rojas added: “He’s always going to voice his opinion. He’s always been authentic, and any conversation that you have with him is real.”

Brenly performed within the majors from 1981 by 1989, largely with the San Francisco Giants, and gained the World Series with Arizona in 2001, his first of three and a half seasons because the Diamondbacks’ supervisor. He has additionally known as video games for Fox Sports and the Chicago Cubs.

Brenly’s remark about Stroman was not his first clumsy try at humor a couple of participant’s style selections. In 2019, when referencing a necklace worn by San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr., who’s from the Dominican Republic, Brenly stated, “It might be easier to run the bases if he didn’t have that bike chain around his neck.”