Thursday, April 23, 2009
Kevin Brown, P
Played for Marlins: 1996-1997
Other Teams: Texas Rangers (1986-1994), Baltimore Orioles (1995), San Diego Padres (1998), Los Angeles Dodgers (1999-2003), New York Yankees (2004-2005)
Marlins fans know him because: He was a key member of the 1997 Championship team, but he burst onto the Marlins scene in 1996. That year he led the league with a minuscule ERA of 1.89 (and an ERA+ of 216) but somehow finished second in Cy Young voting to John Smoltz. He was still dominant in 1997, which included a no-hitter and a complete game to clinch the ALCS in Atlanta. He was then quickly set adrift during the post-World Series dismantling of the team. He went to San Diego and the Marlins received some prospects, most notably Derek Lee.
Everyone else knows him because: He parlayed his uber-success in Miami (and San Diego following a trade in the 1998 dismantling) to become baseball's first $100 million player. The Dodgers signed him to that irresponsible sum of money which he actually lived up to for a couple years before starting to decline. He had some injuries and later was named in the Mitchell Report, which surely casts a doubt on his Hall of Fame cred.
Best Marlins moment: Brown threw both a 1-hitter (in his first Marlins appearance) and a dominant no-hitter, which should have been a perfect game had the sneaky Marvin Benard not been hanging over the plate in the eighth inning. It was and should remain as the greatest regular season pitching performance in team history.