Before last season’s supposed breakout year for Domonic Brown, the general feeling on the young outfielder was that he was not very good.
As a part-time player from 2010-12 with the Philadelphia Phillies, Brown hit .210, .245 and .235 in those three seasons. He supposedly shut up those critics last year by hitting 27 homers, driving in 84 runs and hitting .272.
Now that the real Brown is back—four homers and a .205 batting average—the Phillies have to make plans for the future without him. One season is fine, but the evidence of the four surrounding seasons is a better barometer.
Production is not his only problem. Brown’s head is not in the game as he ran the Phillies out of an inning in a Sunday loss to the New York Mets by taking an ill-advised wide turn on a single. That cost the Phillies a precious run in a 2-2 game. Afterward, Brown said his only sin was to not remaining in a rundown longer—proving that he doesn’t even get the fundamentals of the game.
Plus, the guy is a terrible defensive outfielder. He takes bad routes on the ball and has a noodle for an arm only slightly better than teammate Ben Revere’s all-time bad arm.
The Phillies have already lost a five-game series to the lowly Mets, and Brown is one of the big reasons why. The team must move forward without Philadelphia’s most high-profile Dallas Cowboys fan if not now then the day the season ends.
Phillies fans are finding out what Brown can do for them and it’s just not enough.