Moneyball Star Jeremy Brown Retiring

Jeremy Brown Oakland A’sThis touches me, and pretty much anyone who read the outstanding book by Michael Lewis, Moneyball, deeply. Jeremy Brown was “the Badger” — the prototypical Moneyball player, one of the focuses of the book. He wasn’t pretty, didn’t look good with his shirt off, and he wasn’t heavily scouted coming out of college. But Billy Beane’s scouting system saw something — they saw a catcher who mixed an outstanding on-base percentage with some good power. They took Brown in the first round of the draft at a discounted rate when most people thought he was an extremely late round pick, if that. Beane reminded his scouts that they weren’t “selling blue jeans,” and looks didn’t matter. Well, after a career that’s lasted six years in the minors, and one 10-game stint in the majors, it appears as if Brown is calling it quits:

Brown … called Oakland assistant general manager David Forst on Tuesday and said that, for personal reasons the A’s chose not to disclose, he would not arrive in spring training camp.

The A’s announced Brown’s decision as a retirement, but general manager Billy Beane said it could be viewed more as a sabbatical, based on the fact that the A’s told Brown he would be welcomed back if he decided to change his mind.

I really don’t know what his reason for not reporting is, but I do know that at 28, he could have felt old for a minor leaguer. Maybe he thought his future wasn’t as a professional ballplayer. Sad news. The bright side is that Brown was 3-for-10 in the majors, and could retire as a .300 hitter for his career if he is hanging it up.

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  • Moneyballaddict

    If you are real Moneyball fans, you would realize how unimportant a .300 batting average is.

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  • Anonymous

    Billy Beane is still a genius, fielding a competitive team year after year, despite one of the more frugal budgets in the game. His loyalty to the organization should be lauded roundly, and it appears that he’s a piece or two away from building another playoff-bound team. The young pitching staff they have today is coveted by all and surpasses potential-wise the gold standard of Hudson-Mulder-Zito. Some of his recent gambles—trading Andre Ethier for Milton Bradley tops them all; choosing to sign Eric Chavez to a big contract over Giambi or Tejada—have set the A’s back, but you have to gamble a little in the small-market situation he’s in.
    I “trust in the Beane” and would remind fans the A’s are STILL the third winningest franchise in baseball history (Philadelphia-Kansas City-Oakland), and we can count on being relevant every decade. You have to feel good rooting for a team like this, because when we take the front-runners down, it’s even bigger.
    Glad also to see Sandy Alderson back in a baseball front office. Look for the Mets to rise quickly.