This could be the end of the road for Phillies OF Domonic Brown.
Brown suffered what looked like a possible concussion after falling over a wall in right-field during the Phillies’ Wednesday night 9-4 loss to the New York Mets. Apparently he came down hard on a concrete floor in the second inning after misplaying a hit by Ruben Tejada that resulted in a two-run, inside-the-park home run. After telling trainers he was okay and that he hit his knee, two innings later Brown was pulled from the game. He failed a concussion test and returned to Philadelphia to be evaluated and did not travel with the team to Boston for the Phillies series with the Red Sox.
Brown has a history of concussions and missed 11 games in 2013 due to issues related to them.
There is just a month left in the 2015 MLB season and with playing time already scarce for the 28-year old, this could be the end of Brown’s time wearing a Phillies uniform.
Which, by all accounts, would not be the worst thing in the world to happen.
Brown has a career batting average of .246 and has a total of 54 home runs. In 2015 he has batted .228 and only gone yard a scant five times with 25 RBIs. Hardly the kind of production you want from a player that was supposed to be the first of the next generation of great Phillies.
Brown was selected by the Phillies in 2006 and was long thought to be an All-Star in the making. But other than an All-Star appearance in 2013, his best season in the majors, Brown has been a disappointment across the board for Philadelphia. Brown’s time with the Phillies has been nothing but a combination of injuries, excuses and hype. Add to that some of the worst fielding baseball has ever seen and mental mistakes that a college player wouldn’t make and you have a player that has by all accounts overstayed his welcome.
With Brown eligible for salary arbitration this offseason and the Phillies solidly moving in a younger direction, the odds are that he will be let go, which for many Phillies fans is long overdue.
Of course, you never want to see any player released by a team when they are injured, but in the case of Brown, he has been given more chances to prove himself than most. With GM Ruben Amaro Jr., Brown’s biggest supporter in the front office. almost certainly leaving the organization after this season, it’s time to end the Domonic Brown experiment and call it a day.