Mike Brenly Takes a Different Route to the Big Leagues

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:

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/24/kevin-thomas-on-baseball-brenly-went-from-sea-dogs-to-red-sox-by-retiring/

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