The Dom Brown Era (Finally) Begins – Phillies Nation

The Dom Brown Era (Finally) Begins

The Brown Era begins (in full) on Wednesday night. (AP)

I guess I’ve yet to be completely tainted by working in the media. They say it ruins your fandom. But for tonight, I’ll revert to my old ways, if for just a few minutes.

Domonic Brown makes his long awaited return to the starting lineup and I’m hoping it’s just the start of him silencing the doubters. Phillies fans know his story well by now, so there is no sense in rehashing it. What we’ve learned recently is that Brown is somewhat fragile, but is finding himself and his game, as well.

Since returning from a DL stint, Brown’s numbers have been steadily on the rise; more than enough to bring him back to major leagues following the departure of Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. With the promotion to the bigs, it’s now or never for Brown.

For those who are uninformed and believe Brown is already a bust, I’m implore you to use patience. At just 24, Brown is still a bit of a work in progress. For every Jason Heyward or Mike Trout, there is a Domonic Brown who takes a while to round into form. We’ve hardly even met the guy and the doubters have been strong in their beliefs that he’s nothing but another highly-touted prospect destined for nothing.

Where you saw a middling outfielder with defensive deficiencies, I saw a kid with a good eye at the plate and enough athleticism to overcome. What Brown will we get over the next year and a half? I’m not willing to go as far as Trout or Heyward, but I am willing to bet he will surprise you pleasantly.

Brown’s power potential is immense and if he can harness even a little bit of that, it’ll turn him into an above average player. Brown’s outfield routes are worse than that of a cabbie trying to up his rate, but if he can work to clean up his act in the outfield, we’ll forget he ever had those trials and tribulations.

General Manager Ruben Amaro says we’ll see Brown the remainder of 2012 and all of 2013. Let’s meet the kid first, then we can answer all the questions later. I’m rooting for him. Hope you are, too.

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  1. Ryan H.

    August 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    the doubters are just typical negadelphians. poo pooing this guy before he even gets a chance. any excuse to rip amaro and they’re all over it. they probably actually are rooting for brown to fail so they can say “I told you so”.

    Brown needs time to develop at this level. and alot. more than the rest of this season. he needs every day next season too before we can get a good fair look at what he can do. he wasn’t all that bad when he was up last year. hitting close to .250 with some decent power numbers. give him time. the scouts love this guy, I have faith in the scouts.

  2. bacardipr

    August 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This is a good position for Brown to be in. With the season lost he just has to go out there and play. He’ll gain valuable experience and can work on any issues known or not known in the off season. I still hope Rube gets us at least another proven starter in the OF’er for next year. A platoon of 4th Of’ers (Mayberry, Nix, and the new dude) plus a inexperienced young Brown doesnt sound like it will be a competitive team. Trading Pence and Victorino was sort of the no brainer part for Rube. The real work comes in the off season for Rube and the Phils.

  3. Jaron B

    August 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Brown was producing well between discovering CF and the knee injury. He’s got potential and we have to develop our guys now. I’m waiting until July 2013 to see how brown will do but not much more after that. Time to see “what Brown can do for [us].”

  4. TheDipsy

    August 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I think Brown’s a dope. But I would love him to change my mind. I’m rooting for him. Please run out all ground balls. Thank you.

    The Dipsy

  5. Alex

    August 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    There is no reason to not start him everyday. If RAJ thinks he needs to cease this opportunity or grow into this position, he needs as many at bats and defensive plays as he can get, otherwise he should be at AAA. Once he starts getting platooned with again, we know that it means he is not good enough to be an everyday starter and it’s time to move on.

  6. Manny

    August 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I’m pumped about the Dom Brown era! Hopefully he’ll make us forget about Shane and Pence by the time 2013 rolls around…

  7. bacardipr

    August 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    If it wasnt for the trade of Shane and Pence i would agree with you Alex. At this point you bring him up. Even if he messes up some so what we out of the race. He’ll probably get the brunt of the starts from here on out. He needs to get playing time at this level if he is going to be a starter next year.

  8. Ryne Duren

    August 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

    not a big brown fan! however i’m willing to forgive his missgivings and clear my mind of my dislike and give him a fresh start. i wish him all the luck in the world and hope he makes me into a smacked ass!

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