Sunday, March 7, 2010

Retro Mariner Sunday 3/7/10

Back for another retro Sunday. This week, the spotlight is on utility infielder Mike Brumley. He only spent one season with the Mariners. Mike started the season at AAA Calgary. He was called up to the majors and spent the 1990 season with the club.
Mike spent his college time at the University of Texas, and won the College World Series in 1983. One of his teammates on that winning team was none other than Roger Clemens. After being drafted by the Red Sox in 1983, Mike was part of trades for two hall of famers. He was traded with Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner. He was later part of a trade that sent him to San Diego for Goose Gossage. He was also traded to Detroit and Baltimore, and was signed as free agent with many teams. Mike spent time in the Majors with the Cubs, Tigers, Mariners, Red Sox, Astros, and Athletics. He spent time in all those clubs farm systems and spent time in the Marlins farm system also. After spending the 96 season with Houston's AAA team, Mike retired from baseball.

In 1997, he managed the Rio Grande Valley White Wings of the Independent leagues. In 98 he was manager of the AZL Diamondbacks. In 1999, he moved up and managed at AA South Bend in the D-Backs system. In 2000, Mike was the minor league bunting instructor for the White Sox. In 2001, he managed the AA Arkansas Travelers of the Angels system to a League Championship. Mike then became the manager of the AAA Salt Lake Stingers from 2002-2004. From 2005-2007, he was the minor league field coordinator for the Texas Rangers. In 2008, Mike was back managing again, this time with the Ogden Raptors of the Dodgers System. In 2009, Mike was a minor league roving instructor for the Dodgers. On October 31, 2009 Mike was named to replace Bruce Hines as third base coach for the Mariners in the 2010 season.

Mike was a second generation Major League player. His father Mike played for the Washington Senators from 1964-1966.

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