Chicago Cubs: Michael Brenly

Pressure eases for Cubs' remaining Brenly

February, 19, 2013
2/19/13
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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MESA, Ariz. -- At 26, Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Brenly is still a year younger than his famous father was when he was a rookie in the major leagues.

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AP Photo/Brian Westerholt/Four Seam ImagesMichael Brenly batted .227 in 84 games with Double-A Tennessee last season.
Michael Brenly has bounced around the Cubs minor leagues trying to find his way in the game, all the while his dad, who played nine major league seasons as a catcher after breaking in at age 27, was starring as Cubs game analyst on television.

"I think there was a certain amount of pressure there whether he generated it himself or got it from fans," Bob Brenly said from spring training this week where he was watching his son run through drills. "With that last name it's kind of hard to hide."

Michael was drafted twice by the Cubs, in 2005 out of high school, and again in 2008 out of college. His dad was working for the Cubs the entire time his son has been in the organization -- until now. Bob Brenly left the Cubs to be the color analyst with the Arizona Diamondbacks so he won't be as close to counsel his son, who is expected to start the season in Double-A Tennessee, where he played last year.

"It was a weird situation," Michael said. "I think we both liked being around each other. I liked listening to him with the Cubs, but it would have been tough with him upstairs. I'm happy he gets to work at home here in Arizona."

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