Bob Brenly to Take Leave from Broadcasting After Marcus Stroman Do-Rag Comments

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Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and current broadcaster Bob Brenly will take a week-long leave of absence after his comments regarding New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman during Tuesday’s game. 

Brenly was already set to attend sensitivity training but will now be off the air following criticism from former Chicago Cubs star Aramis Ramirez, who spoke about how Brenly would often target minority players when he was broadcasting for the North Siders. 

In a new statement confirming his leave to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, Brenly defended both his work on the air and his treatment of Latin players:

“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 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. “

Brenly apologized Wednesday after making glib remarks about Stroman’s do-rag that Strowman said had “racist undertones.” 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. 

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