CAREERSimilar to Jay Bell, this is Bretts first Major League coaching position after a 17-year big league playing careerofficially titled the first base coach, he brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of bunting, baserunning and outfield defenseafter retiring as a player following the 1997 season, Butler entered the instructional phase of his career by working as a spring tranining instructor with the Dodgers in 2002, then spending 2003 as the Mets roving outfield/baserunning/bunting consultant followed by a managerial assignment with the Gulf Coast Mets last summerbetween playing and coaching, Brett traveled the country as a motivational speaker to corporations, ministries and churches, while also coaching part-time at the Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Bretts career path began in the Atlanta organization in 1979, followed by stops in Cleveland (1984-87), San Francisco (1988-90) and Los Angeles (1991-97), interrupted only by a 90-game stint with the Mets in 1995he was a lifetime .290 hitter over 2,213 career games totaling 1,359 runs, 2,375 hits, 277 doubles, 131 triples, 54 home runs, 578 RBI and 558 stolen baseshe is one of only 26 players in Major League history to compile at least 500 stolen bases and 2,000 hits for a career...Brett recorded 287 bunt hits during his 17-year big league playing careerhe was a member of the 1991 National League All-Star team and appeared in the 1982 NLCS with Atlanta, the 1989 NLCS and World Series with San Francisco and the 1995 Division Series with Los Angelescareer highlights included: 1981Made his Major League debut with the Braves and collected his first hit on August 20, a double off the Mets Danny Boitano. 1983Led the majors with 13 triples and set an Atlanta single-season record with 39 stolen bases. 1984Traded to Cleveland the previous winter, Butler became the first player in franchise history to steal 50 bases and score 100 runs in a single season. 1986Led the majors and tied a career best with 14 triples, becoming just the second player in Major League history to lead each league in triples in his career (joining Hall of Famer Sam Crawford). 1987Despite missing first month with a broken finger, he became the second player in Cleveland history to record 4 straight 30-steal seasons. 1988His first year with the Giants, Brett led the league with 109 runs scoredcollected his 1,000th career hit on July 25 off the Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela. 1990Hit .309 while tying Lenny Dykstra for the league lead in hits (192), the first Giant to top the charts in that category since Willie Mays in 1960twice scored from second base on sacrifice fliestied a modern N.L. record with 5 walks on April 12 in Atlanta, scoring 4 timesrecorded 22 bunt hits. 1991Bretts first year as a Dodger, he led the N.L. in games (161), runs (112), walks (108), singles (162), on-base pct. for leadoff hitters (.401)first Dodger to lead the N.L. in runs since Duke Snider (1955) and in walks since Jim Gilliam (1959)set a league record for games without an error in a season by an outfielder with 161, breaking Curt Floods mark of 159 set in 1966 with St. Louisnamed the Dodgers Most Valuable Player by the local chapter of the BBWAA. 1992Had a streak of 207 consecutive errorless games end with a throwing error on April 29 vs. the Phillieshad a career-high and league-leading 24 sacrifice bunts, unseating Jay Bell, who was the two-year league leader in that departmentscored his 1,000th career run on June 26 vs. Houston. 1993Was one of two everyday outfielders to play errorless ball the entire year, joining San Franciscos Darren Lewisfinished with 26 bunt hits, his 10th consecutive season with at least 20 bunt singlesfinished with 10 triples, the first Dodger with back-to-back seasons of 10 or more tripes since Willie Davis (1970-71). 1994Stole his 500th career base on August 3 vs. San Diego, becoming the 21st player in history to collect 500 steals with 1,200 runsrecorded 2,000th career hit on May 15 vs. the Padres A.J. Sager, a game-opening bunt singleearned his 1,000th career walk on July 10 off the Mets Bret Saberhagenhad an errorless streak of 307 straight games halted on June 3 at Atlanta. 1995Signed as a free agent with the Mets during the winter, he returned to Los Angeles on August 18 in a trade for a pair of minor league outfielderscombined the two stops to hit .300, the fifth time hed been a .300 hitter in his big league career and sixth consecutive year of .296 or betterwas dealt to the Dodgers while Los Angeles was visiting Shea Stadium, thus he switched clubhouses and went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and 2 RBI in a 3-2 L.A. lossset a Mets club record with three consecutive 4-hit games from July 18-20, going 12-for-15led the N.L. with 43 infield hits, including 19 bunt singles. 1996Appeared in a careerlow 34 games, but underwent a life-changing experience in May when he was placed on the disabled list for what was thought to be a tonsillectomy, but on May 6, a cancerous plum-size tumor was discovered in his tonsilsthe cancer is known as Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and he underwent surgery to remove the tumor and lymph nodes on May 21 at Emory University by Dr. William Gristbegan radiation treatments on June 17, lasting 6 weeks (32 treatments)amazingly, Butler rejoined the team on August 26 in Montreal and was reinstated from the D.L. on September 6appeared in just 5 games after returning, then suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand when hit by a Giovanni Carrara pitch while attempting to bunt on September 10. 1997Pulled the curtain on his big league career by hitting .283 in 105 games for the Dodgersrecorded his fourth career 5-hit game on May 16 against the Mets at Sheafinished his career with 27 games of 4 or more hits.
Brett Morgan Butler and his wife, Eveline, and children Abbi (8/15/82), Stephanie (2/9/84), Katie (5/20/85) and Blake (10/16/87), make their home in Duluth, GABrett lettered in baseball, football, wrestling and cross country for Libertyville (Illinois) High School, graduating in 1975he had an abbreviated stint at Arizona State University, but made his collegiate name as a two-time All-America at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1979 with a B.S. in EducationBretts autobiography, Field of Hope, detailed his years in baseball and his battle with cancerhe was the 1996 winner of the Denver Rotarys Branch Rickey Award for service above selfButler was also the recipient of the Lou Gehrig Award, the Arete Award for Courage, the Dodgers John Hancock Roberto Clemente Man of the Year award (given to the player that exemplifies on-field excellence and off-field humanitarian qualities) and the Baseball Writers of New York You Gotta Have Heart Award.