December 9, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: Kevin Brown

KEVIN BROWN
First Year on Ballot

PLAYING CAREER:  Texas Rangers (1986–1994), Baltimore Orioles (1995), Florida Marlins (1996–1997), San Diego Padres (1998), Los Angeles Dodgers (1999–2003) and New York Yankees (2004–2005) 

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career record of 211–144, with 2397 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA.  Recorded double-digit wins and less than ten losses every year from 1997 and 2001...and never posted an ERA higher than 3.00 during that span.  Six-time All-Star (1992, 1996-1998, 2000 and 2003) and 1997 World Series champion.  Threw a no-hitter June 10, 1997.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ON TWITTER:

@zuppann:  Kevin Brown has more Wins Above Replacement than 40 Hall of Fame pitchers. He's 34 on all-time WAR list.

@Bill_TPA:  Do you suppose it's possible Kevin Brown gets less than 5%? Wouldn't be as huge a snub as Lou Whitaker was, but still...

@DashTreyhorn:  If I had a vote, I’d for for Kevin Brown to be in the Hall of Fame.

HOVG THOUGHTS:  A 3.28 career ERA, 2397 Ks and 13 seasons with ten or more victories makes Kevin Brown a hard choice to not put on the bubble. One ring, six All-Star Games and seven Gold Gloves?  Sorry Brown, if David Cone can’t sniff the halls of Cooperstown…you can’t either.


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