After 15 Seasons MLBbro Michael Brantley Calls It A Career | The .298 Career Hitter Was Traded To Cleveland In 2008 CC Sabathia Deal

After 15 Seasons MLBbro Michael Brantley Calls It A Career | The .298 Career Hitter Was Traded To Cleveland In 2008 CC Sabathia Deal

MLBbro Michael Brantley announced his retirement from MLB on Friday bringing an end to a storied 15-year career.

A second-generation baseball player, Brantley was drafted in the seventh round of the 2005 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers straight out of High School after dominating in his senior season at Fort Pierce Central High School with a .595 batting average and 32 stolen bases.

The Brewers would trade Brantley to the Cleveland Indians in 2008 as part of a CC Sabathia trade as the “player to be named”, a stipulation that Cleveland was given if the Brewers made the playoffs that year after the deal.

He would make his debut for the Indians in 2009 where this MLBbro will be remembered for being one of the best contact hitters in baseball earning him the nickname “Dr. Smooth”.

He would produce a slash line of .295/.351/.430 with an OPS of .781 during his 10 years in a Cleveland Indians uniform, making three all-star appearances helping turn Cleveland into a perennial AL Central contender and playoff team from 2013-2018.

In 2014, Brantley would sign a four-year, $25 million extension prior to the season. The former player to be named would reward Cleveland by having a breakout season that saw him slash for .327/ .385/ .506 with 20 home runs and 23 stolen bases, finishing third in AL MVP voting behind Mike Trout and Victor Martinez.

Of course, Brantley will be remembered for his growth in production, but Brantley will also be recognized for being a consummate professional, and a leader of men.

 

 

In 2018 after being bounced by the Astros in the postseason, The writing was on the wall that the team were looking to go in a different direction. Pitcher Francisco Lindor credited Brantley for teaching how to be a professional. Cleveland Manager Terry Francona described Brantley as a reliable presence who could fall out of bed and collect a couple of hits.

Brantley was so influential that during his exit everyone cried in the room. His road in Cleveland had come to an end but the journey would not be finished.

 

Brantley would sign with the Houston Astros after the 2018 season where he would make two more All-Star Appearances and capture a World Series Championship in 2022.

He would face an injury preventing him from playing in that World Series, but his leadership would shine through when he led a team meeting where catcher Martin Maldonaldo told The Athletic “He’s the reason we won the World Series. He led the best team meeting I ever heard. When he was hurt, he was always helping other in the dugout.”

 

Brantley would finish his career with an amazing 10.7% strikeout percentage, 1,656 hits, 730 RBI, 129 HR, and a batting average just shy of .300. We congratulate MLBbro Michael “Dr. Smooth” Brantley on a great career and look forward to what he will accomplish in his second act.

 

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MLB.com Recognizes These Melanated Mound Marauders For Their Dominance | ‘Hoot’ and ‘Doc’ Produced Top 5 Cy Young Seasons

MLB.com Recognizes These Melanated Mound Marauders For Their Dominance | ‘Hoot’ and ‘Doc’ Produced Top 5 Cy Young Seasons

There has only been a total of 116 CY Young Award winners in baseball history. According to a recent report on MLB.com, two of our MLBbros were acknowledged as having one of the Top 5 most dominant Cy Young award-winning seasons we have ever seen.

 

#3 Nobody Could Mess With the “Hoot”

In sports there are stars, then there are game changers. Coming in at #3 on the list we have MLBbro Bob “Hoot” Gibson whose 1968 season was so out of this world, the next season MLB made a rule change to lower the pitching mound just to help hitters facing him.

 

 

Gibson would have a record of 22-9 with an ERA of 1.12 and 268 strikeouts in 34 appearances, with 28 of them being complete games. During the months of June and July that season “The Hoot” was unhittable, only allowing two earned runs in 92 straight innings with 13 shutouts.

Although Gibson is on this list for his Cy Young accolade, it wasn’t the only award that he won that season. Along with his Cy Young Award, Gibson would win a Gold Glove Award and NL MVP Award, along with being named the Sporting News ‘Pitcher of the Year’ while helping the St. Louis Cardinals win the NL Pennant.

1968 was considered the “Year of the pitcher”, because so many hurlers had career seasons, but the leader of the pack was Bob “The Hoot” Gibson who was so dominant that they MLB lowered the mound to return an advantage back to the hitter.

 

#4 The “Doc” Is In 

 

In 1985, Dwight Gooden was living life like a Wiz Khalifa song. At 20 years old he was young, wild, and free to prescribe Ks to any batter who was addicted to the humiliation of facing baseball’s youngest, Blackest superstar.

Fresh off winning the NL Rookie of the Year award, Gooden would take his talent to another level, like going from his Master’s to PHD, earning the nickname the “Doc”.

This MLBbro would have a dominating season pitching 35 games posting a record of 24-4 with a staggering 1.53 ERA in 276.2 inning pitched and 268 strikeouts, earning him a Triple Crown (The only pitcher to do so in the 1980’s).

 

 

Supreme Analytical Season

 

If we used today’s analytics to describe how magical this season was, the Doc’s rWAR is listed at 12.2 which is only surpassed by Walter Johnson (13.5 in 1912 and 14.6 in 1913) and the pitcher the award is named after Cy Young (12.6 in 1906).

His 1.53 ERA (NY Mets Franchise Record) is the second best after the dead ball era behind who? You guessed it, Bob “The Hoot” Gibson’s 1968 ERA (1.12).  Gooden would also finish fourth in the NL MVP race and be selected to the All-Star team. Congrats to these MLB Bros on making this list, getting the recognition they truly deserve, and being remembered for generations to come.