Brown with the Royals in 2005
December 29, 1974 |
|April 3, 1997, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 6, 2009, for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||326|
Emil Quincy Brown (born December 29, 1974) is an American former professional baseball player in Major League Baseball.
Brown, who attended Chicago's Harlan High School, was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997 in a limited role. He became the everyday center fielder during the 2001 season, but Brown, who was considered a five-tool prospect, could never manage to capitalize on his potential, so he was traded to the San Diego Padres. Brown did not play in the majors from 2002-2004. In 2005 he emerged as the everyday starting right fielder for the Kansas City Royals. During this breakout year, Brown hit 17 home runs and drove in 86 with a .286 batting average.
On July 30, 2007, Brown shot Kansas City reporter Karen Kornacki in the eye with a BB gun. This happened when Kornacki was talking to his Royals teammate Tony Peña, Jr.. The Royals called it "an accident".
Despite limited playing time during the 2007 season (113 games and 366 at-bats), Brown led the Royals in RBI for the third straight year. He and Carlos Beltrán are the only Royals to have led the team in RBI for three consecutive years.
On January 11, 2008, he signed with the Oakland Athletics. On March 26, 2008, Brown hit a 3-run homer in the A's victory over the Red Sox in the second game of the Opening Series at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
On May 28, 2009, Brown was acquired by the New York Mets and assigned to the Buffalo Bisons. Brown was called up in early June, only to be designated for assignment on June 6 to make room for Ryan Church on the Mets' roster. After being sent outright to Buffalo, he was released on July 22, 2009.