Quote to note

"I probably need to talk more about him, because he's not going to brag about himself. He's one of the better players in the game. And it's not just hitter, it's baserunner, outfielder, teammate. He's gotten to that point now where I think you're going to start seeing national recognition."
-- Francona, on Michael Brantley's All-Star candidacy

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