Astros 5-Time All-Star Makes Decision On 2023 Status

After 14 seasons, injuries and Father Time have taken their toll on 35-year-old five-time All-Star Michael Brantley. He underwent season-ending shoulder surgery back in August. 

But the Houston Astros outfielder has made a decision on his future, and decided that he will indeed come back to play in 2023.

Brantley's shoulder should be fully healed and ready to go for spring training. He'll be a free agent this offseason, but certainly hopes the Astros will have him back.  

“I love my teammates. I love this organization.. From Jim Crane all the way down from day one when I walked in this door I was welcomed with open arms.”

When healthy, he has one of the best hit tools in the big leagues. His lifetime average is just shy of .300 (.298) and has hit above .300 in four of the last five seasons. He has an elite .356 career on-base percentage and always keeps the strikeouts low. 

He managed just 64 games this season, and finishes with a .288 average, an incredible .370 on-base, and 31 walks to just 30 strikeouts. 

"I love this game so much, and I cherish it," said Brantley.

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