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Kevin Brown, My Personal Whipping Boy, Retires
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Baseball fans the world around can breathe a sigh of relief today: Kevin Brown will not be hurling balls with the MLB any longer. Brown’s agent Scott Boras (how many clients does that bastard have?) cited Brown’s unrelenting back problems as the reason for retirement.

I’ve used Kevin Brown as my whipping boy for the past two seasons, and this was not undeserved. Each time a batter got the better of him, I groaned, because Brown never seemed to be able to get it back together after a slipup. I always felt like he was giving up after the first hit to go by him. Seeing his surly face on the mound reminded me of his fist-smashing roid-fueled rampage, and I’m convinced his bad attitude in the field was bringing the Yankees down. His performance with the Yankees was abysmal; he finished 2004 with a 4.09 ERA and left 2005 at 6.50. And who can forget his contribution to the 2004 ALCS vs. Boston?! Grrrrr…..

The truth, though, is that before Kevin Brown was a Yankee, he had proved himself to be a very dominating and capable pitcher. Even with his hideous numbers in New York, Kevin is retiring from a nineteen-year career with a 211-144 record and a 3.28 ERA. He was a 6-time all-star, has pitched 17 shut-outs and 72 complete games, and was impressive enough to be the highest paid player in the MLB at one point. I don’t know why that Kevin Brown didn’t show up in New York, but I’m glad he’s retiring before he can do any more damage to the Yankees or his own stats.

Thanks for being my whipping boy, Kevin - - here's to hoping no one replaces you in 2006.
posted by Yankees Chick @ Sunday, February 19, 2006  
  • At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It seems pretty clear that the reason the old K. Brown didn't show up with the Yankees was his sore back. Having had back pains myself from time to time, I'm sympathetic.

  • At 7:52 AM, Blogger statsman said…

    I know Brown was a great pitcher for most of his career, but I'll always remember him as the guy who threw batting practice at the Red Sox in the playoffs when it counted the most. For whatever reason, he lost velocity on his pitches the last few years and that's why he was no longer an effective pitcher.

  • At 9:46 AM, Blogger TJ said…

    Goodbye and good riddance to a humongous, sac-less douchebag...

  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger Paul Katcher said…

    Arguably the worst Yankee career of any player ever. He was well-paid, supposed to be ace and started the most embarrassing loss in franchise history.

    I saw one fan ever sporting a No. 27 Brown shirt. At the Stadium last year after Brown had been shut down for the season (and his Yankees career). The guy must'be bought it for $5 somewhere.

  • At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Kevin Brown was the best pitcher in baseball with the nastiest stuff in baseball for about a 3 year period in his career. Hard worker/tremendous condition. If you want to be pissed off at anyone then be pissed off at the Yankee management which has a tendency of signing pitchers that are just past their prime and then some.

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