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

Yes, we know.

Again, we know.

The San Diego Padres have been in existence for over a half-century, so how can we rank a player regardless of position at all? 

Here is how.

Kevin Brown's single season in San Diego is the greatest in franchise history and is so by far.

Let’s repeat it.

Yes, we know.

Again, we know.

The Padres have had Cy Young winners, and Brown was not one of them.   Brown is also a player who only was a Padre for one year, but in terms of bWAR and other advanced metrics, he exceeds that of many other San Diego Pitchers who played far longer with the team.  

The year in question was 1998, the year after he was traded from the Florida Marlins, who won the 1997 World Series and held a fire sale to get rid of all their stars.  It can be argued (and we have) that the Marlins do not win the World Series without Brown, and we will make the same statement that San Diego does not win the 1998 Pennant without Brown.  

In 1998, Brown led the NL in bWAR for Pitchers (8.6) and FIP (2.23), won 16 Games, and was second in WHIP (1.066), ERA (2.38), and Strikeouts (257).  The Padres advanced to the World Series, and Brown was great over his first two playoff series, though his World Series was not great.  He didn't win the Cy Young, but TSN named him the Pitcher of the Year.

Brown left the Padres as a Free Agent for the Dodgers, and his brief but brilliant stay in San Diego ended.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Florida Marlins for Steve Hoff, Derrek Lee, and Rafael Medina 12/15/97.
  • Departed: Signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a Free Agent 12/12/98.
  • Games Played: 36
  • Notable Statistics:

    18 Wins
    7 Losses
    2.38 ERA
    35 Games Started
    7 Complete Games
    3 Shutouts
    257 Innings Pitched
    257 Strikeouts
    2.23 FIP
    1.066 WHIP
    5.24 SO/BB
    9.1 bWAR                       

    6 Playoff Games
    2 Wins 
    2 Losses
    2.52 ERA
    39.1 Innings Pitched
    46 Strikeouts
    1.04 WHIP

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    TSN Pitcher of the Year (1998)
    All-Star (1998)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1998)
    Most Games Started (1998)
    Lowest FIP (1998)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1998)

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