Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly made a joke at the expense of Marcus Stroman that was coded in racist language.
This isn’t the first time Bob Brenly has said something that made listeners cringe. The former World Series manager for the Diamondbacks was up to his old ways when he made a racially insensitive comment about the durag worn by New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman.
Brenly probably thought he was making a funny sarcastic comment, but his intent doesn’t match the reality of his comments and the effect his words have.
Stroman wears a durag under his cap to which Brenly commented was the same durag worn by the late Mets legend Tom Seaver.
That’s a big swing and a miss by Brenly who is coming under fire for the coded language that is being interpreted as him saying this has no place in the game. Non-white players are most commonly seen wearing durags across sports and Brenly’s sarcastic comment comes off as tone-deaf at best and racist at worst.
Bob Brenly makes a racially insensitive joke at Marcus Stroman’s expense
After the game, Stroman tweeted “Onward and upward…through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all!” And later replied to another tweet saying the media will turn this against him if he criticizes Brenly.
During his time in the broadcast booth, Brenly hasn’t been shy about vocalizing his preference for how the game should be played. He’s been an ambassador for abiding by the unwritten rules and during his stint as the Cubs TV analyst, often took aim at then-Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano for the way which he went about his playing the game he was so great at.
If Soriano ever didn’t sprint to the first base bag like Usain Bolt or took a less-than-perfect route to a flyball or showed any sort of personality or flair on the diamond, Brenly took exception.
Those instances look tame by comparison to his comments on Stroman from Tuesday night.
This wasn’t just a broadcaster making a joke and it not landing. If you don’t know what he said was so offensive, that’s a problem. The Diamondbacks and MLB should take note and discipline Brenly in some fashion so they make it perfectly clear this type of language and attitude is not tolerated.