Lewis Brinson says it's time to retire "Dinger" -- or at least change the Rockies mascot's name -- explaining the Colorado character's moniker is just too similar to the n-word.
The Miami Marlins outfielder spoke in-depth with reporters on Monday for the first time since Sunday's drama in Denver ... and it seems his solution to the issues that were created at Coors Field would be for the Rockies to just move on from the mascot's current name.
"Maybe change the mascot's name," Brinson said. "It sounds a little similar, especially on video."
If you missed it ... many believed a fan behind home plate repeatedly called Brinson the n-word during one of his at-bats in Sunday's Marlins vs. Rockies tilt.
Both teams' broadcasts picked up the audio ... and it seemed BAD.
Brinson was asked about all of that before his game against the Padres on Monday ... and it appears he isn't necessarily buying that explanation.
Brinson told reporters when he watched back the video, the n-word seems clear to him.
"So I watched the video at least 50 times in the past 15-16 hours," Brinson said. "I watched it a lot, especially when I heard that he said 'Dinger' instead of the n-word.''
"I personally -- this is, again, my personal opinion -- I personally keep hearing the n-word. It's not that I want to hear it, I never want to hear it."
But, Brinson did add, "If he was yelling for the mascot, I am sorry for any backlash or any unnecessary attention he's getting right now."
The Rockies have said there is no punishment coming for the fan. They've also added they have no plans to change their mascot's name.
As for how Brinson played in wake of it all on Monday night -- he balled out, going 2-for-4 with a home run in the Marlins' loss to the Padres.