The next candidate up for review is another first year candidate, starting pitcher Kevin Brown.
6 All-Star Appearances
4 Seasons of 17+ wins, including 1 20 win season
6 Seasons with a Sub-3.00 ERA
211-144 career record (.594)
3.28 Career ERA
8 seasons with an ERA+ of 130 or higher (7 straight from 1995-2001)
The Case for Brown
Brown was considered to be one of the elite pitchers of his era, and pitched very well in light of the era he played in. He won 211 career games, and finished with a 3.28 ERA and 127 ERA+. He was dominant from 1995 through 2001, despite pitching for 4 teams in 7 seasons.
The Case Against Brown
Brown had a number of seasons where he was average or barely above average at best. His career numbers, while solid, do not reflect well compared to some of his contemporaries. While he pitched well from 1995-2001, his career did not really get rolling until he was already 30 years old. He also had very little post season success (going 5-5 in his career with a 4.19 ERA), only winning a championship in 1997 (where he went 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA).
Brown always seemed to remind me of a bulldog when he pitched, and was going to try to find a way to get through every last inning that he could. Unfortunately, he is probably best known at this point for his gigantic contract that was given to him by the Dodgers, as opposed to the performance he gave in the 1998 NLDS Game 1 against Randy Johnson (8 IP, 0 ER, 16 K). While his career numbers are very good, I am having a hard time considering him to be one of the game’s all time greats. I am definitely open to the readers’ thoughts about him, but for me, I can’t put him in.
MY VOTE: NO