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

Mike Brumley
Former Seattle Mariners third base coach Mike Brumley passed away during a car accident on I-20 near Edwards on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Seattle Mariners)

A former major league baseball player and coach is confirmed to have passed away following a crash in central Mississippi over the weekend.

Mike Brumley, a shortstop for six MLB organizations over an eight-year span and former third base coach for the Seattle Mariners, passed away as a result of a multi-vehicle collision involving a pair of semi-trucks on Interstate 20 near Edwards. The wreck took place on Saturday and left Brumley deceased at the age of 61.

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

Brumley most recently served as a hitting coordinator for the Atlanta Braves’ farm system. During his time, he was afforded the opportunity to coach Mississippi native Austin Riley — a now standout third baseman for Atlanta.

“I got a text about 2:30 this morning and I have been up since,” Riley told the media following the Braves’ 8-6 loss against Tampa Bay on Sunday. “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.”

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