Houston – With five appearances in the All-Star Game and a World Series ring, the outfielder Michael Brantley announced his retirement on Friday after 15 seasons in the major leagues.
The veteran patrolman also has his next job lined up: coaching in Little League.
““I have young children and now is the time to be a father, first and foremost.”Brantley told MLB.com. “It’s time to be home 24/7, watch my kids grow up and not miss important moments.”
Brantley leaves with a .298 batting average during 10 years in Cleveland and five more in Houston. He hit 129 home runs with 720 RBI and 125 stolen bases in 1,445 regular season games. He hit .283 in 62 postseason games, including .327 in two World Series with the Astros.
Brantley, 36, was a free agent this winter. He was limited to 15 regular-season games in 2023 and returned to play over the past month after a long recovery from a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery.. Before his return in late August, he had not played in the majors since June 26, 2022.
In 2008, Brantley was sent from Milwaukee to Cleveland to complete the trade that sent left-hander CC Sabathia to the Brewers. He made his debut in Cleveland the following season and played there during the 2018 season. He then signed with Houston, where he was present to lift the World Series trophy in 2022.
Brantley had not played since late June of that year following a fourth surgery on his right shoulder, but his teammates put him at the center of the celebration.
“That was the most special part for me,” Brantley said. “My teammates put me front and center, telling me to lift the trophy; I still get goosebumps thinking about it. I will always remember that.”