MLB Legend Mike Brumley Dead at 61 in Car Accident

( – Former coach and MLB infielder Mike Brumley tragically died in a car accident on the night of June 15th in Mississippi. Brumley, who was 61 years old, had a notable career both as a player and a coach.

Brumley’s MLB career spanned from 1987 to 1995, during which he played for six different teams. Recently, he served as a hitting coach and instructor in the Braves minor league system from 2018 to 2022. His death deeply impacted many, including Braves third baseman Austin Riley, who considered Brumley a mentor.

Riley shared his grief, saying he received the devastating news early in the morning and couldn’t sleep since. Riley highlighted Brumley’s significant influence on his career, comparing him to his own father. He expressed heartfelt condolences to Brumley’s family, calling it a tragic day and a tough pill to swallow. Riley also mentioned he had been in regular contact with Brumley and had worked on his swing with him just days before the accident.

Brumley was picked by the Red Sox in the second round of the 1983 draft. Before he could play at Fenway Park, he was traded to the Cubs in a deal that included Bill Buckner and Dennis Eckersley. Brumley made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 1987 and went on to play for Detroit, Seattle, Boston, Houston, Oakland, and Houston again.

As an infielder, Brumley played second base, third base, and shortstop. After his playing days, he transitioned into coaching. He coached for the Cubs in 2014, the Rangers from 2005 to 2007, and the Dodgers in 2009. In his MLB career, Brumley batted .206, with three home runs and 38 RBIs over 295 games.

Brumley’s legacy in baseball is significant, marked by his roles as a player, coach, and mentor. His sudden passing is a profound loss to the baseball community, and his influence will be remembered by those who knew and worked with him.

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