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FORMER MLB COACH MIKE BRUMLEY DIES IN CAR CRASH AT AGE OF 61

Former MLB player and coach Mike Brumley, 61, died in a car crash on Saturday June 15th’s night in Mississippi. Brumley, who played for six MLB teams from 1987 to 1995, later became a coach and instructor, most recently with the Atlanta Braves.

MLB coach Mike Brumley Killed In Mississippi Car Crash

As ESPN has reported, former Major League Baseball player and coach Mike Brumley tragically passed away in a car crash on Saturday June 15th’s night in Mississippi at the age of 61. The news of his death was first reported by Field Level Media.

Brumley's career in baseball spanned nearly a decade, from 1987 to 1995, during which he played for six MLB teams. Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1983, he made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1987. 

Over his career, he also played for the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, and returned to the Red Sox.

After retiring as a player, Brumley continued to influence the sport as a coach and instructor. Most recently, he worked with the Atlanta Braves organization, where he developed close relationships with many players, including third baseman Austin Riley. 

Riley spoke about the impact Brumley had on his career, expressing deep sorrow over the loss. "There are very few people that have been role models in my baseball career, my dad being No. 1 and Mike Brumley being No. 2," Riley shared. He added that Brumley had been a significant figure in his life and career, highlighting the emotional weight of the news.

The tragedy added extra significance to Riley's performance on Sunday when he hit his third consecutive home run in as many games, tying the Braves' game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the eighth inning. Riley pointed to the sky as he rounded first base, dedicating the moment to Brumley. "He was in the back of my mind the whole time, really all day, and it's just tough," Riley said.

The Seattle Mariners, a team Brumley played for in 1990 and later coached, also paid tribute to him. "We are saddened by the passing of former Mariners player and coach, Mike Brumley," the Mariners wrote on social media. "Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and loved ones. Mike’s impact on the field, in our organization, and across baseball, was felt by generations of players."

Brumley's influence on baseball extended beyond his playing days, having also served as a coach for the Cubs and a minor league instructor for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. His legacy in the sport is remembered by many, and his contributions will not be forgotten.

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