Domonic Brown Crushes a Baseball

Here’s something to cheer you up today. Domonic Brown absolutely blasting a baseball well over the batter eye in center field. Could get used to this.




  1. Keystone

    February 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Anyone else concerned that Utley only has 3 ABs so far in grapefruit league games and isn’t scheduled to play today either?

    • Tyler Wilson

      February 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

      He was scheduled to play yesterday, but the rain made the field slick and the team didn’t want to take any chances with his knee. Everything is fine with Utley, he’s in good shape, making good contact, they just want to make sure he is good for opening day.

    • Ken Bland

      February 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

      70 spring at bats is the usual standard that managers seem to like their hitters to get. Charlie said he wasn’t that concerned about it with Chase.

      He might have to get his timing perfected, but his at bats look pretty good so far, so I’d say even at this pace most of the spring, he’ll be ready. Maybe a little more playing time the very last week.

  2. wbramh

    February 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

    That was quite a blast, and it got there in a hurry.
    He’s such a great natural athlete.
    If only…

  3. Dave

    February 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

    As Wilford Brimely said in The Natural, “Red, this is practice. We’ll see.”

    • hk

      February 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

      It is good to see that he has the power to hit a ball that far, regardless of who was pitching and the meaninglessness of the game. His power, which disappeared with the hamate bone injury two years ago, looks to be back.

  4. Chuck A.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

    If he does it 20+ times in the regular season then I’ll get excited.

  5. Ken Bland

    February 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

    All I have to say is “so far, so healthy.”

    I’m pretty willing on taking my chances with the rest.

    Wonder if Brooks is on board with Dom’s nice start, brief as it may be.

    • brooks

      February 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Dom’s never shown this in the bigs let alone ST.
      Cautious optimism…

      • Ken Bland

        February 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        Just as a point of conversation, not to imply meaning, I remember a spring game I believe 2 years ago when he hit 2 homers in a game, 1 a shot. People seem to be expressing opinions based on his ability, and mismanagement of him.I think it’s just a matter of staying healthy, although I’m not saying that separates him from stardom.

        Anyway, I’m glad he’s got you to cautiously optimistic, because I know you have doubts.

        And another solid hit while I was writing it. Wish they’d just leave him alone and let him play, but his nice start’s already getting a good amount of attention, and won’t stop.

  6. Bart Shart

    February 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    My “cup of optimism” is getting filled by the early play of Dom Brown. Hope he keeps it up.

  7. Lefty

    February 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    This could be the breakout year for Brown. Or it could mean nothing, or in this case, “Nuding”. (the pitcher’s name)

    Joseph took him deep too. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, just a hunch, but Joseph looks like the real thing early in his career.

    Anyway, I’m thinking about taking a flyer on Brown for my fantasy team this year, he’ll fly under the radar to the late rounds, and might be the best pick I make.

  8. The Original Chuck P

    February 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I am certainly a Domonic Brown guy and I will tell you why because this is a baseball forum that’s what we do here… I’ll tell you what I have seen from him so far and why I think he’s going to have a nice career.

    No doubt the kid has bullied minor league pitching… he has obliterated the minors in a way that only special players can do. The more comfortable he got, the better he was and overall he has done a lot of things very well in the minors. He has done some things well at the big league level, too… he’s scored runs at a decent clip, he’s driven in runs at a decent clip, he’s shown a pretty good batter’s eye. Step one in his development – the loopy swing needed to get shortened and he did that – shortening the swing sapped some power (as did the broken hand) but as he gets comfortable with the approach and as he gets his health, he should get most of that raw power back. Step two – his defense was a mixed bag – he had to work on his routes and his glove work but the arm was always there (as was the raw talent). We’ve all seen progress in the field and that’s very encouraging. It tells me that he’s aware of the fact that he’s not there yet and he wants to get better. He is a confident kid… borderline cocky but that’s what you want. You want a guy that believes in his abilities – that will swing the bat and carry the team. I’m excited… I just want to see the Phillies give him the chance to work through his strugles adjusting to life as an every day player, if they happen (because they usually do).

  9. Andrew from Waldorf

    February 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Sink or swim.

    But this should have happened 2 years ago.

    RAJ ( the phillies) have handled Brown horribly.

    He needed to be played or traded about 3 years ago when he was a top 3 MLB prospect.

    Now hes Lastings Millege.

    Thanks Rube.

  10. The Original Chuck P

    February 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t think he is Lastings Milledge, AWF… I know that the popular thing to do is to give up on him but I think he’s primed for a good year and I’m still pretty optimistic. That doesn’t mean the Phillies didn’t butcher the situation BUT given the fact that Dom wasn’t necessarily a baseball player coming into this thing (it was sort of his second sport), it’s pretty reasonable to come to the conclusion that his development was likely going to be slower than the kid that focused on baseball his whole life. Throw in a hand surgery… yeah, there are good reasons why he’s not further along but we should still be optimistic. Sink or swin season, for sure.

  11. Andrew from Waldorf

    February 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm


    Ive always been a Brown person.

    That came out wrong go figure.

    I mean the Phillies should have put him in left in 2011 and jsut left him there.

    And seen what we have.
    Instead they brought him up. Sent him down. Changed his position.
    Etc etc etc.

    No malice towards Dom.

    If he fails this this year Id not be suprised if he didnt go somewhere else and have a nice career.
    I blame the Phillies for handling him poorly.

    I do have high hopes for him this year though.

    He could be the breakout young star the team desperately needs.

    • Ken Bland

      February 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm


      This is a little off the baseball topic, and apologies for the stray, but OCP addressed you as AWF, which I believe misspells your usual initials. So shouldn’t you have readdressed him as OPC?


      The E Man

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