Diamondbacks announcer Bob Brenly taking week off after Marcus Stroman du-rag comments

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Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly has already apologized for mocking New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman's du-rag, but he's now taking a week off after further criticism.

Brenly made headlines on Tuesday when he took a completely pointless swipe at Stroman during Arizona's game against the Mets:

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“I’m sure that is the same du-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets,” Brenly said.

It didn't take that long for the video to start making the rounds on social media, including Stroman's Twitter account. The outspoken pitcher posted repeatedly in response to Brenly's comment, which he insinuated had "racist undertones" (Stroman's apparel store says it has since sold out of du-rags).

Brenly released a statement apologizing for the comment a day later, saying he had agreed to undergo sensitivity training for the future:

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As it turns out, that was not the end of the story.

Aramis Ramirez says Bob Brenly attacked Latin players

Among those criticizing Brenly on Twitter was an account purporting to belong to former Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Zach Buchanan of The Athletic confirmed the account belonged to the three-time All-Star, whose tenure in Chicago coincided with Brenly's time as color commentator for the Cubs' broadcast.

Ramirez told Buchanan that he felt Brenly was overly critical toward players of color on the air — including himself, Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto — and rarely criticized white players:

“It felt weird because every time he attacked somebody, it was a Latin player for some reason,” Ramírez said of his time in Chicago.

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 06: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred makes an appearance on FOX Sports Arizona's TV broadcast with Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres at Chase Field on June 6, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks/Getty Images)
Bob Brenly (right) has found himself in another controversy. (Photo by Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks/Getty Images)

Ramirez notably isn't the first person to note that Brenly had a history of insensitive comments even before the Stroman incident. As Awful Announcing reports, there has long been a pattern of Brenly mocking or criticizing players of color.

Brenly responded to that fresh wave of criticism with another statement, and a pledge to not return to Arizona booth until the team's next homestand on June 11.

From The Athletic:

I want to apologize again for my insensitive reference on Wednesday, as it does not reflect my values or who I am. With respect to Aramis Ramírez, Starlin Castro, Geovany Soto and all of the players who I have covered over the years, I have the utmost respect for their life stories, their talents and their careers. Having played the game and managed for many years, I understand how hard it is to play so successfully for such a long time. My job for many years has been to talk about baseball and I have had thousands of opportunities to both applaud and analyze performances and was privileged to witness the career of players like Aramis Ramírez.

My job is to describe Major League Baseball and to call it the way I see it — the good and the bad. I have always tried to do so in an honest, unbiased way, regardless of a player’s background or race. I am sorry that my work offended Aramis, as I think of him as one of the most successful players of his generation.

Beginning today, I have voluntarily decided to take some time off to listen, reflect and devote my attention to awareness training related to diversity and inclusion to enhance my understanding and appreciation of others. I plan to return to the booth next homestand, hopefully a better person.

We'll see if that extra time allows Brenly, or the Diamondbacks, to make changes that are clearly needed.

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