In a recent interview with CSNPhilly, Domonic Brown was asked to sum up his 2014 season, which by all accounts was a complete and total disaster.
"I looked at the months and ... I just had one bad month," Brown said. "That definitely happens, but with coming in the second half and not playing every single day, it definitely starts to play with you a little bit because you know you're not going to get those at-bats to catch up to that month. It's hard to get comfortable and hard to get in rhythm and sync when you're not playing every single day, so it's tough to have one of those big months like I had in 2013 when you're not getting the reps."
OK, let's give Dom Brown the benefit of the doubt here. Did Brown have just one bad month? Let's break it down.
And here is the league average in all these categories for Major League left fielders in 2014.
So, among just left fielders this year, Dom Brown had a worse-than-average month in four out of the six months. And that's being generous.
So yeah, I don't know what the heck Brown is talking about here.
Not only that, his defense was putrid. Among the 61 left fielders who accumulated at least 200 plate appearances last year, Brown ranked dead last in Fangraphs' Def rating (-14.8), was 58th in UZR (-9.4) and was tied for 52nd in Defensive Runs Saved (-8).
If Brown isn't hitting for power, he isn't being productive. And with just 10 HRs in 512 plate appearances (compared to 27 in 2013), that wasn't happening.
So, what to make of Dom Brown? Onto the exit interview.
If I had traded you midseason, would the team have done better or worse?
It probably wouldn't have made any difference, honestly. The guys you had to replace me, Grady Sizemore and Darin Ruf, probably weren't going to make too big of a difference. And because I was virtually worthless on a baseball field last year, you wouldn't have gotten much for me.
All my options are open for next year. Should I trade you, release you, or keep you?
You should probably keep me, because I still don't cost you anything, I'm still relatively young, and you really don't have a whole lot else in the cupboard. If you go get Yasmany Tomas, you can move me over to right field (my more natural position) and trade Marlon Byrd for what would hopefully be a useful piece.
Plus, remember Pat Burrell's 2003 season? He hit .209/.309/.404 with a wRC+ of 88 that season, one year after hitting 37 home runs and posting a 140 wRC+. He recovered and hit .257/.365/.455 the next season, and then would go on to hit 32, 29, 30 and 33 homers the following four seasons after that.
I can potentially do the same thing. All that being said, if you can get someone better, go ahead and trade me. I could use a change of scenery.
Do you think you will be part of the next great Phillies team?
Honestly? No I don't. I think the waters are too poisoned here and you guys have lost all confidence in me. I fully expect to be somewhere else next year, and you'll probably put Grady Sizemore or someone else stupid in left field next season to replace me.
Overall, explain to me how your time with the Philadelphia Phillies has been the highlight of your life.
It's been great.
On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst, how do you rate on the "it's my fault we're in this freaking mess and finished in last place" scale?
Oh I'm about a 9.5. The team was depending on me to take the next step and be a productive part of this team. I'm one of the few guys not drawing social security, you know, and it could have made all the difference if I had been able to come anywhere close to the production I gave the team last season.
I helped kill us. There's no question about it. I was really terrible, and I did not support the veterans, who all performed at or above expectations.
Sorry about that, everybody.
But it was really just one bad month.