MLB Mourns Loss of Former Infielder & Coach Mike Brumley (61) in Mississippi Car Crash

MLB Mourns Loss of Former Infielder & Coach Mike Brumley (61) in Mississippi Car Crash
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For¬≠mer Major League Base¬≠ball (MLB) infield¬≠er and Atlanta Braves minor league coach Mike Brum¬≠ley trag¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly passed away at 61 in a Mis¬≠sis¬≠sip¬≠pi car crash on Sat¬≠ur¬≠day. Brum¬≠ley, a well-respect¬≠ed jour¬≠ney¬≠man, played for six teams between 1987 and 1995.

Brum¬≠ley was a pas¬≠sen¬≠ger in a Ford Mav¬≠er¬≠ick involved in a mul¬≠ti-vehi¬≠cle acci¬≠dent on Inter¬≠state 20 near Edwards, Mis¬≠sis¬≠sip¬≠pi. He was pro¬≠nounced dead at the scene. Notably, Brum¬≠ley was part of the trade that sent base¬≠ball leg¬≠end Bill Buck¬≠n¬≠er from the Chica¬≠go Cubs to the Boston Red Sox.

Brum­ley’s MLB career spanned eight sea­sons, start­ing with the Chica­go Cubs in 1987. He also played for the Detroit Tigers, Seat­tle Mariners, Boston Red Sox (the team he was trad­ed to with Buck­n­er), Hous­ton Astros, and Oak­land Athletics.

While his play­ing time was lim­it­ed, Brum­ley’s impact as a coach was unde­ni­able. He sig­nif­i­cant­ly influ­enced future Atlanta Braves All-Star third base­man Austin Riley dur­ing his time in the minor leagues. Upon hear­ing the news, Riley called Brum­ley one of the most influ­en­tial peo­ple in his career, next to his father.

The Seat­tle Mariners, where Brum­ley both played and coached, also paid trib­ute, high­light­ing his last­ing impact on gen­er­a­tions of play­ers. Mike Brum­ley’s pass­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant loss for the base­ball community.

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