Luis Rojas 'disappointed' in Bob Brenly's comment about Marcus Stroman: 'It's just very inappropriate'

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Marcus Stroman Mets front view pitching in Arizona June 2021
Marcus Stroman Mets front view pitching in Arizona June 2021

Speaking before Wednesday's game, Mets manager Luis Rojas discussed the bizarre and unprompted comment that Arizona Diamondbacks announcer Bob Brenly made about Marcus Stroman's durag during Tuesday's game.

As Stroman was pitching, Brenly remarked on his appearance, saying:

"I'm sure that's the same durag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets."

"Onward and upward...through all adversity and racist undertones," Stroman wrote on Twitter after Brenly's comment. "The climb continues through all!"

Said Rojas about Brenly's comment.

"First of all, disappointed immediately," Rojas explained. "I think when you're on a platform in this game when you have the chance to inform and educate throughout the game or after the game -- as an analyst or a broadcaster -- you just have so many opportunities throughout a baseball game and throughout a season just to keep the audience active and fill them with baseball knowledge and all that. It's just not the case there.

"Completely out of room for a comment like that. It's just very inappropriate. I was very disappointed when I heard it. If it was like a joke or something, I didn't get it. And I know a lot of people didn't get it, so that was my initial reaction of it and that's how I feel today. I just think it's completely inappropriate."

Adding that Brenly's comment "will not help a baseball crowd grow and understand what's going on," Rojas said that "there's no room for comments or any type of joke, or any type of sarcasm that takes the focus away from what's going on in the game."

Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field.
Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field.

Rojas also weighed in on the support Stroman has within the Mets' clubhouse.

"Stroman is a great teammate," Rojas said. "Everyone loves Stro here. His energy, his demeanor, everything he does. Everything is positive. I don't think this needs that much attention throughout the game. ... It happened and Stroman had his reaction last night about this, so Stroman has the immediate support of everyone."

As far as what Stroman has gone through growing up and during his career, Rojas said he's spoken with him about it and that there's a sense of understanding between the two.

"You come to an understanding that what they lived is real," Rojas said. "Some of the things that happen in society, they really affect a guy like Marcus. And they affect other people. I have a sense of understanding with that. I come from a baseball family that played throughout tough times, too. So there's a sense of understanding there."

Brenly released a statement roughly an hour before Wednesday's 3:40 p.m. game:

"During last night's game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong," Brenly said. "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."