Brantley hopes to keep rolling with 'daddy strength'

Second-generation big leaguer and father of three arrives at Indians camp

Brantley hopes to keep rolling with 'daddy strength'

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Michael Brantley enjoyed a breakout performance last season, developing into an offensive weapon for the Indians and finishing in third place in balloting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Throughout his breakout campaign, Brantley joked that "daddy strength" was the real reason for the additional pop he put on display for the Tribe. With a baby boy welcomed into his family earlier this month, the All-Star left fielder is hoping fatherhood will produce even more power this year.

"I hope so," Brantley said with a laugh on Monday morning. "I was carrying that car seat. I had a car seat on one side and was holding my daughter walking on the other."

Brantley and his wife welcomed their son, Michael Charles Brantley III, on Feb. 10. Brantley smiled when asked if his son will go by Michael or Mickey. His dad, Mickey Brantley, played in the Major Leagues with the Mariners from 1986-89, and the two share a close bond.

"I don't know. Whatever that kind of evolves to," Brantley said. "I know he's happy to have another grandson -- that's what he's most happy about."

Brantley arrived to camp on Sunday, and he went through a physical and individual meeting with manager Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti on Monday. On Tuesday, Cleveland is scheduled to hold its first full-squad workout, and Brantley is looking forward to getting the ball rolling again.

"It's just like Opening Day," said Brantley, who hit .327 with 20 homers, 45 doubles, 23 stolen bases, 94 runs, 97 RBIs and 200 hits last season. "The first day, you get to put on your pants again, your uniform top and be around all the guys. It's almost like your first game of the year. You get that little jitter and excitement.

"I'm looking forward to [Tuesday]. I can't wait to get it started."

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.