Former MLB player, coach Mike Brumley killed in I-20 wreck near Edwards

Published 2:36 pm Monday, June 17, 2024

A former Major League Baseball player and coach was killed in a car wreck on Interstate 20 Saturday near Edwards.

Mike Brumley, 61, was killed in a multi-vehicle crash that involved three cars and two semi-trailer trucks around 7 p.m. Saturday on I-20 eastbound just before the Edwards exit in Hinds County. Brumley was a passenger in one of the cars and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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Brumley was a the starting shortstop for Texas’ 1983 College World Series championship team, and was selected in the second round of the MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox that same year.

Brumley played as a utility infielder for six major league teams from 1987-95. He made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1987 and later played for the Detroit Tigers (1989), Seattle Mariners, Red Sox (1991-92), Houston Astros (1993, 1995) and Oakland Athletics (1994).

Brumley only batted .206 with three homers and 38 RBIs in 295 major league games, but had a big impact when he became a coach following his retirement.

Brumley worked in the minor league organizations of the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers before joining the Mariners’ major league staff from 2010-13. He also worked as an assistant hitting coach for the Cubs in 2014.
The Mariners paid tribute to Brumley on social media.

“We are saddened by the passing of former Mariners player and coach, Mike Brumley,” the team said. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and loved ones. Mike’s impact on the field, in our organization and across baseball, was felt by generations of players.”

Brumley most recently served as the Atlanta Braves’ minor league hitting coordinator from 2018 to 2022.
Braves third baseman Austin Riley, a Mississippi native, called Brumley one of his biggest baseball influences.

“I got a text about 2:30 this morning and I have been up since,” Riley said after homering in Sunday’s 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. “There are very few people that have been role models in my baseball career, my dad being No. 1 and Mike Brumley being No. 2.

“I feel for his family and his kids and everybody that he was close to. This is a tragic day. Prayers out to his family. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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