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37.  Kevin Brown
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 14, 1965 in Milledgeville, GA USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 30, 1986
  • Final Game: July 23, 2005
  • TSN All-Star - 1998
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1998
  • Cy Young - 1992
  • Cy Young - 1996
  • Cy Young - 1998
  • Cy Young - 1999
  • Cy Young - 2000
  • MVP - 1996
  • MVP - 1998
  • Rookie of the Year - 1989
 
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A lot of baseball players take flak for their high salaries. One of those who did was Kevin Brown who was the first man in professional baseball to sign a contract worth $100 Million. Sadly for Brown, his deterioration rendered that one of the worst contracts as during the final years of his career he was not a player who should have been amongst the games highest paid.

This isn’t to say that Kevin Brown didn’t have flashes of brilliance because he certainly had enough of them to warrant such a huge contract in the first place. He was regarded as one of the most intense pitchers and as much as his temper served to fuel his unparalleled competitiveness it also would cause his unraveling on occasion. Nevertheless, Kevin Brown was a major reason that the Florida Marlins won their surprise World Series in 1997 and the Padres 1998 World Series appearance. He had a brilliant fastball and forkball and rarely gave up the longball.

Unfortunately, Kevin Brown was not able to keep his skill set intact and his production dropped off during his final years with the Dodgers and his American League return to the Yankees. Had Kevin Brown lived up to the years leading up to his nine digit contract, he would be a serious contender for induction. As it stands now, it doesn’t look good.

 

Should Kevin Brown be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 61.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Midgeville, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 2011
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Ring (1) (Florida Marlins, 1997)
    Major League Pitcher of the Year (1) (1998)
    All-Star (6) (1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2003)
    Lowest bWAR for Pitchers (2) (NL) (1996 & 1998)
    Lowest Earned Run Average (2) (NL) (1996 & 1998)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (1992)
    Lowest WHIP (2) (NL) (1996 & 2000)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AL) (1992)
    Most Games Started (3) (AL) (1994) (NL) (1997 & 1998)
    Most Shutouts (1) (NL) (1996)
    Lowest SO/BB (1) (NL) (2000)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (NL) (1996)
    Lowest FIP (1) (NL) (1998)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (NL) (1996)
    Highest Win Probabilty Added (1) (NL) (1996)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (AL: 1992, 6th), (NL: 1996, 2nd), (NL: 1998, 3rd), (NL: 1999: 6th) & (NL: 2000, 6th)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    8 Top Ten FInishes (Shutouts)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 33.   WIn Probabilty Added: 33.5
    34.   WAR for Pitchers: 68.5
    50.   Strikeouts: 2,397
    66.   ERA+: 127
    66.   Games Started: 65
    96.   Wins: 211
    100. Innings Pitched: 3,256.3
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2011: 2.1
  • Should be Inducted As A: Florida Marlin

Should Kevin Brown be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 61.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.9%

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+1 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-20 23:49
Brown had one bad year in Los Angeles; otherwise, four of his five seasons with the Dodgers were good--three years with an ERA under three, and one with a 3.00 ERA exactly. Whether that was worth $100 million at the turn of the century is another matter--don' t blame Brown if LA wanted to throw money at him.

Never won a Cy Young. He may have been better than John Smoltz in 1996, when Brown was a distant second. He was definitely better than Tom Glavine and teammate Trevor Hoffman in 1998.

The Mitchell Report is probably why he was one-and-done in HoF voting in 2011. His bWAR is just under Smoltz's, and Brown's JAWS is actually better. Smoltz was first-ballot . Brown deserves serious consideratio n.
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