Ruben Amaro Acknowledges Unstable Nature of Domonic Brown’s Upbringing


Maybe this is a kind of deathbed confession.

Maybe they can all sense the end is near.

"“…when the organization isn’t showing you any confidence, it doesn’t matter if you motivate yourself.”–Jimmy Rollins, via Ryan Lawrence"

But Ryan Lawrence’s piece on today illustrating the whimsical nature of Domonic Brown’s handling in his early years really confirmed what we’ve all been holding signs and shouting about in traffic:  That Domonic Brown, once top five prospect in the country, couldn’t have just melted down to the point that he suddenly didn’t know how to negotiate a fly ball.

May 29, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (9) celebrates hitting a home run with catcher Erik Kratz (31) during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Red Sox 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

He was brought up, sent down, benched, blocked, doubted, injured and tested.  And that, in time, can wear on a person.

Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, everybody – everybody is saying there’s a different Dom Brown in the dugout, and this one is making adjustments, showing confidence, and in general, maintaining the demeanor of a guy with plenty of raw talent whose experiencing stabilized job security for the first time in his career (After several instances of outfield openings since Jayson Werth departed).

Now that there are more people saying they all believed in Dom from the start than the number of people who labeled him a “bum” two years ago, which is impossible by the way, the process through which he made it here is under a bit more scrutiny.  So perhaps that’s why we’re getting this fairly open stance on what was a flawed process.

Now, since we’re being open with each other, will Ruben finally admit that Michael Martinez is a marionette he controls with a complex series of strings and pulleys?