Michael Charles Brantley Sr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.
- School Columbia-Greene Community College, Coastal Carolina University
- High School Catskill High School
- Debut August 9, 1986
- Final Game June 1, 1989
- Born June 17, 1961 in Catskill, NY USA
"There's no question that we've tried to do too much in situational hitting. When guys are on the bases, we try to go for all of it instead of just taking what the pitcher is giving you. That's a big, big problem with our offense this year." - Michael Brantley, Toronto hitting coach, in 2007
Outfielder Mickey Brantley played four seasons in the majors, hitting .302 and slugging .499 in 1987 with the Seattle Mariners. After his playing days, he launched a successful career as a coach and manager.
Brantley was MVP of his baseball and soccer teams while at Catskill High School. In college, he was an NAIA All-American and played in the NAIA College World Series. He was signed as a 2nd round pick in the 1983 amateur draft by Seattle and scout Bill Kearns. In the minors, he played for five different organizations during his career. A peak was in 1984 when he was second in voting for Southern League MVP, behind future All-Star Andres Galarraga. After his major league career ended, he played for the Yomiuri Giants in 1993.
In 1994, he was the roving minor league batting coach for the San Francisco Giants. He was a coach for the Burlington Bees in 1995 and the St. Lucie Mets for part of 1996. He was a minor league manager in 1996 and 1997 for the New York Mets then was minor league hitting instructor again from 1997 to 2004. Brantley was named to the Toronto Blue Jays coaching staff for the 2005 season. He was first base coach, and then became hitting coach, a post he was terminated from in 2007. In 2006, when the team hit well, he was a hero, while in 2007, with the team hitting poorly, he took criticism.
One source: mlb.com profile of Mickey Brantley.
|Blue Jays Hitting Coaches|
|Mike Barnett||Mickey Brantley||Gary Denbo|
|2006 to 2007|
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1996||GCL Mets||Gulf Coast League||29-30||10th||New York Mets|
|1997||GCL Mets||Gulf Coast League||18-7||--||New York Mets||replaced by Doug Flynn on July 18|