June 22, 1971 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|June 15, 1996 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 29, 2000 for the Chicago Cubs|
In 1992, Brown was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd round (81st overall). Perhaps he had his best minor league seasons within the first two years of his signing. In his first season, he hit .274. But the next year, he hit .342 with A-Daytona and AA-Orlando. On June 15, 1996, Brown made his major league debut. Brown hit .304 in 69 at-bats that season.
Afterwards, Brown bounced around the league, playing with multiple teams. He left the Cubs and played in the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. He returned to the Cubs in 2000, where he played his final Major League game on August 29, 2000.
Brown may be most remembered for the error he committed on September 23, 1998 in a game against the Brewers, when he was with the Cubs. In a tie with the New York Mets for the lead in the NL Wild Card standings with three games remaining, Chicago held a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the 9th inning with two out. Milwaukee was down to its last gasp, but they loaded the bases with Geoff Jenkins at the plate. Jenkins hit a long fly ball to left field, a routine play for Brown. But with the sunlight distracting him, Brown dropped the ball and let it get past him, allowing three runs to score and giving the Brewers an 8-7 win. This play became famous for the radio call by the Cubs broadcasters Pat Hughes and Ron Santo, in which Santo exclaimed, "Nooooooooo!!!!!" when Brown dropped the ball. However, the Cubs would still win the Wild Card spot after winning a one-game playoff against the San Francisco Giants.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)