So, turns out there's a bright spot: Domonic Brown has been named the NL Player of the week! Now, admittedly, this isn't like, the biggest honor out there; one could make a serious case for Rolaids Relief Man Award as a substantially more important feat, and that's saying something. But still, it's an acknowledgment by MLB of what we've all known for the past month and a half (and longer): Dom rules.
Brown batted .348 (8-for-23) with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored in six games to claim his first career Player of the Week Award. Domonic is the first Phillies position player to get tabbed with a weekly honor since Raul Ibañez for the period ending July 10, 2011. Pitcher Cole Hamels won for August 13-19, 2012. For the week, Brown finished first in the N.L. with a .783 slugging percentage, was tied for first in RBI and was second in the Senior Circuit with 18 total bases.
The important material here: nice week, man; basically makes sense that Hamels would have also won this award at some point; and Raul as the last to win it as a batter? Really? Guess the voting bodies haven't been reading schmenckman's stuff.
In all seriousness, this is a really wonderful honor for Brown, and a nice feather in his cap after everyone and their mother buried him prior to actually being dead before Spring Training. Yes, he could take a couple more walks, and yes, if you read the linked article carefully, a lot of his runs didn't even count ("'GARBAGE TIME HR' I scream as my wife shakes her head in disbelief"), but Domonic Brown is quietly fulfilling his promise on an otherwise fairly disappointing team. It would be a big, big deal for the viability of this franchise if he can keep that up.
But even if not -- nicely done, Dom.