All-Star Player Dies In Tragic Accident

( – In 1983, second-round pick Mike Brumley was sent to the Boston Red Sox as part of a large trade. The baseball athlete was then traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he made his major league debut. Brumley went on to play for multiple Major League Baseball teams before becoming a coach for the Cubs. Sadly, his life was recently cut short.

On June 15, the former MLB infielder was killed in a car accident in Mississippi. He was 61 years old. Braves third baseman Austin Riley said he got a test about Brumley’s death in the wee hours of the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. He said the former athlete was one of his few “role models in [his] baseball career,” behind only his dad. Riley said the loss was a tragedy, and he really felt for Brumley’s family and friends. The third baseman said he saw his mentor just the other day in Baltimore when he helped Riley on his swing.

Very few details have been released about the car accident, but many in the athletic world spoke out after Brumley’s death, singing his praises. The Seattle Mariners posted a tribute on social media, one of the ball player’s former teams as a player and a coach. The team sent their condolences out to Brumley’s family, also noting the athlete’s “impact on the field.” The Mariners said his contributions will be “felt by generations of players.”

Other teams Brumley played for during his career included the Detroit Tigers, Red Sox, Houston Astros, and Oakland Athletics. During his time on the field, he hit 38 RBIs (runs batted in), played in 295 major league games, and had a .206 batting average with three home runs. In addition to coaching for the Cubs after retiring from the game, he also instructed players for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. His recent stint was as a minor league coach and instructor for the Atlanta Braves.

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