Michael Brantley grew up in the game

Indians' OF prospect spent much of his youth in Mariners' clubhouse beside his father

Originally Published: April 2, 2010
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

In four major league seasons, Seattle Mariners outfielder Mickey Brantley compiled a .259 batting average, 32 career home runs and 125 total RBIs. Most importantly though, Mickey Brantley often brought his young son Michael into the Seattle clubhouse, where he'd run around and meet players such as Alvin Davis, Harold Reynolds and Ken Griffey Jr., who was then just a kid himself. There's nothing quite as valuable as a major league playing education.

Subsequently, Michael Brantley became ...

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