Michael Barrett Brings MLB Experience To UNG Baseball Staff
DAHLONEGA, Georgia - (UNGAthletics.com) - UNG head baseball coach Tom Cantrell has announced that former Major League Baseball player Michael Barrett has joined the baseball program as an assistant coach for his inaugural season in 2014. He will assist Coach Cantrell with all aspects of the NCAA Division II program.
"This is an excellent opportunity for me to begin a career in college baseball coaching and there is no better mentor for me than coach Tom Cantrell," stated Barrett. "There are distinct differences between professional and college baseball and I am very excited about assisting this program with making a positive, long-term impact in each of their lives."
Barrett is a former Major League catcher and started his professional career with the Montreal Expos at the age of eighteen. Barrett spent three years playing in Minor League Baseball as a shortstop and catcher. He played with the Honolulu Sharks, West Palm Beach Expos, and Delmarva Shorebirds, and was elected to two Minor League All-Star games. Barrett made his Major League debut in 1998 as a third baseman, but was shortly outrighted to the minor leagues to play with the Harrisburg Senators for a season.
Upon Barrett's return to the Major Leagues in 1999, he ranked among the top offensive rookies in various statistical categories before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2003. During his tenure with the Cubs, Barrett won a Silver Slugger award in 2005, and recorded near career-high statistics in 2004 season.
In 2006 Barrett represented Team USA first World Baseball Classic team where he played alongside Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter among others.
Barrett has a personal connection to the UNG Athletics community as cousin Lindsey Moss has been active with UNG women's basketball team as both a player and coach.
The remainder of Barrett's professional career included stops with the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays and concluded with a minor league stint with the New York Mets during the 2010 season.
Barrett has spent a considerable portion of his personal life devoted to helping children. He runs several youth baseball programs, including one in Hawaii, which was inspired from his tenure with the Hawaiian Winter Baseball League. He also works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Cubs Care Program to help lesser fortunate and sick children. More recently, he has worked with Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster to raise money to help Derrek Lee's daughter and research for Leber's Congenital Amaurosis. Lately, Barrett has directed most of the Michael Barrett Foundation to the Children's Memorial Hospital of Atlanta.
Barrett and his wife Stephanie have three children, Grace, Andrew and Luke and resides in Milton. He also is the owner and operator of Barrett Baseball, an instructional facility in Cumming.