Mike Brenly, son of former major league player and manager, Bob Brenly, was playing for Double-A Portland in the Boston Red Sox organization this season, when he got called up to the big leagues. However, his promotion was not as a player, but as the bullpen catcher for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox have determined Mike has the qualities to be a professional coach and made this role in the big league team’s bullpen his first assignment. So, Mike effectively retired as a player to seize this opportunity.
Mike had been selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 36th round of the 2008 MLB Draft and briefly played at the Triple-A level in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, before being signed by the Red Sox in 2014.
Read more about Mike Brenly at the link below from the Portland Press Herald: