Jeffrey Hoke Brantley

High School Career

W.A. Berry High School, Birmingham, AL (1978-1981)

• Lettered in baseball, football, and wrestling


College Career

Mississippi State University (1982-1985)

• All America, First Team, The Sporting News (’85)

• All SEC, All SEC Western Division (’84, ‘85)

• SEC All Tournament team selection (’84, ‘85)

• Led SEC in wins and strikeouts (’84, ‘85)

• Co-holder of SEC record for career wins by a pitcher (45)

• College World Series (3rd place finish, ‘85)

• SEC Tournament Championship (’85)


Pro Career

San Francisco Giants (1988-1993)

• Drafted in the 6th round, 134th pick (’85)

• Major league debut on August 5, 1988 vs. Atlanta Braves

• Pitched in 3 games of World Series vs. Oakland (’89)

• Played in MLB All-Star Game at Wrigley Field (’90)

Cincinnati Reds (1994-1997)

• NL Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year; led NL with 44 saves (’96)

St. Louis Cardinals (1998)
Philadelphia Phillies (1999-2000)
Texas Rangers (2001)

• Final game on May 23, 2001

MLB Career Totals (1988-2001)

• 43-46 record, 3.39 ERA, 172 saves, 615 games, 859.1 innings pitched, 366 walks, 728 strikeouts, yielded 754 hits, 348 runs


Broadcasting Career

ESPN (2002-2006)

• Color commentator for ESPN MLB broadcasts of major league baseball; in-studio analyst and contributor for Baseball Tonight

• Color commentator of NCAA baseball broadcasts

WLW Radio & Fox Sports Ohio (2007-Present)

• Cincinnati Reds broadcasts


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Mississippi State University Athletic Hall of Fame (2003)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2011)


Did You Know?

Jeff, whose nickname is “Cowboy”, entered broadcasting after meeting with longtime ESPN anchor Chris Berman and legendary Yankees’ broadcaster Mel Allen.

He is involved in several youth baseball groups like Garth Brooks’ “Teammates for Kids”.

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