Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 11/19/14
There are so few constants in life, but thankfully for the Cleveland Indians, Michael Brantley seems to be one of them. Plain and simple, Michael Brantley is a joy to watch. The left-handed hitting outfielder is a great throwback to an era of baseball that time seems to have forgot. He’s a great teammate, hard worker and excellent defender — a true pro’s pro. With all of the Tribe’s new offseason acquisitions, a great deal of pressure has now been taken off the shoulders of Brantley — and it shows. Brantley is currently in the middle of a breakout season as he’s hitting .306/.362/.388 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and 24 RBIs. He’s also been especially effective in the clutch as he’s hitting .359.426/.513 with runners in scoring position and .364/.417/.591 with two outs and runners in scoring position. Of course, for every yin there is a yang, and Brantley’s success seems to bring about a new dilemma for the Indians — contract negotiations. With Brantley under team con...

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