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Goodbye, Domonic Brown

Kyle Scott - October 19, 2015

I remember back around 2011-2012, when questions about Domonic Brown’s work ethic or suitability as a Major League player were first popping up, Phillies Twitter and its assorted sunless minions jumped all over people like me for daring to criticize golden child Brown. Three years later, Brown has been outrighted off the roster, thus concluding the Dom Brown experiment.

Along with Brown, the Phillies sent Tommy Joseph packing. Joseph was the supposed blue chip in the Hunter Pence trade– both ends of which were borderline disastrous for the Phillies. They shipped the Astros four players – one perhaps as the result of a clerical error – for Pence: Jared Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana (the clerical error, who is now easily the best prospect of the bunch). Then, inexplicably (because they needed right-handed corner outfield power) traded Pence, who was under team control for another season, to the Giants for Nate Schierholtz, Seth Rosin, and Joseph. Now only Rosin bag remains, and that’s after he was Ruled 5’d by the Mets, purchased and waived by the Dodgers, selected by the Rangers and returned to the Phillies. He pitched two innings last year and gave up five earned runs.

So, to recap, the Phillies thought they had their corner outfield star of the future in Brown. He was slow to develop, so they sold the farm for Pence, who became too expensive and was traded for useless prospects. Brown never materialized and has been outrighted. The Phillies’ current corner outfielders are converted third baseman Cody Asche in left and the gaping hole previously filled by Jeff Fucking Francoeur in right. Well done, guys! Well done!!!

Related: Today in “Dom Brown Competitor“, Dom Brown Took Paternity Leave, Dom Brown’s Ex Called Him Out For Being a No-Good Cheater, Is This Dom Brown on Tinder?, Did Dom Brown Really Hurt His Neck Sleeping?, Dom Brown Is Trolling You Philadelphia, Dom Brown Just Happy To Get a Free Lunch Out of Demotion, Larry Andersen Ripped Into Dom Brown, Dom Brown on Sporting News’ List of Worst Everyday Players, We May Be Nearing The End of The Dom Brown Era, The Phillies Are Actively Trying To Trade Dom Brown.

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Kyle Scott - September 3, 2015

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Todd Zolecki on the play that gave Ruben Tejada an inside-the-park home run:

Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown crashed and flipped head-over-heels over the short wall in right field in the second inning of Wednesday’s 9-4 Phillies loss at Citi Field.

He left the game two innings later because of concerns about a concussion. An athletic trainer drove Brown to Philadelphia, where he will be seen on Thursday by a specialist.

Brown might have a concussion. Do you really think it matters, Eddie?

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Video of the play – which rivals Jeff Francoeur’s hilarity – after the jump. Continue Reading

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Cody Asche Has (At Least!) 10 Days to Learn Left Field and Then Start There for the Phillies

Jim Adair - May 12, 2015

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Things are going great.

Yesterday, a couple of days before the Phillies give out the “Sports 4 All Cody Asche Wiffle Ball and Bat Set,” they sent Asche down to Triple-A. Why? To learn a completely new position, of course. He’s got to stay there for at least ten days. The move is being made because, for one thing, the Phillies need outfielders. For another, according to Jim Salisbury, they’re planning on bringing Maikel Franco up as early as the end of the week (waiting until Friday will delay his eventual free agency) and feel he’s the future at third.

It’s gonna be awkward for Asche up in Lehigh Valley, though. I can imagine the pitching change conferences in center as Dom Brown comes in from right:

Dom Brown: Hey Cody, what are you doing here?

Asche: They’re giving me ten days to learn left field and then probably calling me back up.

Dom: Cool, cool. Wait, what?

Things are going great.

Dom Brown, Ever the Competitor, Just Happy to Get a Free Lunch out of Demotion

Kyle Scott - April 29, 2015

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Dom Brown, speaking to reporters today about being optioned to AAA and not reporting to the ballpark last night, according to Tom Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call:

“I wasn’t happy at first. I had to think about the big picture. It wasn’t that big of a deal at all. I just told (Amaro) that I was going to spend (Tuesday) with the family.”

“It felt good (Amaro) telling me face to face. Got free lunch out of it, which was cool, Copperhead, seafood buffet.”

“There are no problems at all. A blessing that they are looking out for me.”

That burning desire to succeed.

Larry Andersen Ripped into Iron Pigs Slugger and All-Star Candidate Dom Brown for Not Reporting to Lehigh Valley Last Night

Kyle Scott - April 29, 2015

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Dom Brown, who was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley yesterday after a less than stellar rehab stint, didn’t bother showing up to his game last night even though he was already in Lehigh Valley, because he technically has 72 hours to report to the team… he’s already on.

Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen broached the subject during their broadcast last night and, well, as you might imagine, LA laid into Brown over the course of several innings:

“That’s got to be a little bit of a, I guess, shock to Domonic. [Scott: Not reporting for 72 hours, as is his right.] WHAT? Let me help you, [Scott], with that.” – commercial break, inning passes – “I don’t know the reasons for it, but if there isn’t a very good reason, to me there’s no excuse for that. That’s just sending a message to the Phillies saying I don’t really care that much if I don’t play that much… you either want to play or you don’t… it’s not like he’s been tearing the cover off the ball. You can learn something every day you go to the ballpark, but to not do it, he gets optioned out… he should be just thrilled to death, through arbitration he gets a $2 million raise for basically having one good month in his career.”

And boom goes that dynamite.

Meanwhile, today Major League Baseball unveiled its All-Star ballot… which includes one Domonic Brown, oh he of no MLB at-bats this season and a seemingly childish decision-making process. I just smell a Twitter movement to screw with this voting process.

The Phillies Still Aren’t Totally Sold on Dom Brown

Jim Adair - April 28, 2015

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a fun little game. When were these things said about Domonic Brown?

“From what I’ve seen, I don’t know that he’s ready for major league pitching, or to come up and really give us some punch with the way things have gone for him there.”

“We don’t think he’s ready to do it … There’s still a question whether he’s ready to come and play on a regular basis.” “We’ll see if he can hold his own and handle it.”

That first one was Ryne Sandberg yesterday. That second one was Ruben Amaro (with a little Charlie Manuel thrown in) in May, 2011.

Ryno is currently wondering if Brown can come up and contribute, post-injury, to a 8-12 team with a combined batting average of .220, but it’s just the same conversation we’ve been having since Brown first came up in 2010. What’s the point in keeping him down in Triple-A for more at-bats? Other than his All-Star year in 2013 — and really, All-Star month — he hasn’t shown a whole lot. Is he really better than how he’s playing on his rehab stints? Has he ever been? All of these questions sound like I’m advocating for keeping him in the minors, but really that’s useless. I know he’s not great, and he’s been nothing but fading potential for four years, but if he can’t crack this lineup? That’s a new low.

At least his Tinder game is still strong.

UPDATE: And yep, Brown was assigned to AAA today.

Phillies Sign Brown and Revere to One-Year Deals

Jim Adair - January 16, 2015

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, underachievers both in their own ways (namely defensively), have avoided arbitration, with the Phillies signing each of them to one-year deals that amount to gigantic raises. According to Austin Laymance at MLB.com:

Revere will earn $4.1 million after making a base salary of $1.95 million in 2014. Brown, eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career, will earn $2.5 million after receiving $550,000 last year.

And thus, the arguments that they both just became overpaid can be heard on WIP and The Fanatic from now until this time next year.

The Phillies Tendered Brown, Bastardo, and Revere but Didn’t Bother to Mention it

Jim Adair - December 3, 2014

Midnight last night/this morning was the deadline for MLB teams to tender contracts to players who would otherwise become free agents. Even for a fan base as exhausted and frustrated as Phillies fans, this is still news they want to know. So, while many teams made their tender announcements as the deadline approached or passed, the Phillies said “Oh, we’ll let them know in the morning.”

And it was at 9:40 this morning when the tenders offered to Dom Brown, Ben Revere, and Antonio Bastardo were finally made public. It was a technicality and an expected move all around, but why wait nine hours? PR couldn’t be bothered to stay up that late? It’s a 24-7 news cycle here, you know. [Insert comment about Kyle not working on weekends:        ]

Each of those three players must now reach a deal with the Phillies by February or they will go to arbitration, which will be announced by the Phillies weeks later.