Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Former Cubs Watch! - Oh no! edition

Sept 23, 1998. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs leading 7-5, and the bases loaded, an error by defensive replacement/left fielder Brant Brown allows three runs to score, giving the Brewers an 8-7 victory. The Cubs had the opportunity to clinch the Wild Card with a win but would have to wait until Sept. 26th to do so.

What became of Brant Brown? On December 14, 1998 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jon Lieber. I suppose he stopped existing until June 9, 2000, when he was traded from the Texas Rangers back to the Cubs for Dave Martinez.

He hit .157 in his last season with the Cubs, which, understandably, was his last season in the Majors (unless he played in the AL during June of 2003, which was temporarily downgraded to a "moderately sized league" to allow the call-up of former career minor leaguer and current Cubs pitcher Les Walrond).

He was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers to a minor league contract on January 11, 2001. It made no headlines. While the Brewers had luck with former Cubs prospect Brooks Kieschnick, Brant Ohno never made it back to the Majors.

He resurfaced near Chicago for the 2003 season, when at 32 he gave up, signing a contract with the Schaumburg Flyers, the hometown of whom was the only Illinois city for which the White Sox did not win the 2005 World Series. Although fielding statistics for his stint with the Flyers are unavailable, the Flyers lost in the playoffs, which may very well have been the result of a dropped fly ball.

Brown earned roughly $1,049,000 by the end of his MLB career, a dollar amount which will be easily surpassed by the money he will earn touring card shows and AM radio stations across the country and in Japan, based on star recognition alone.

His career was survived by Amaury Telemaco, Kevin Foster, Kevin Orie, Robin Jennings, Jose Molina (who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 14th round of the 1993 amateur draft), and Ron Santo, whose heartbreak will forever surpass the peaks of Brown's brief stay beneath the Wrigley lights, whose face keeps dropping like a routine fly ball. Geoff Jenkins celebrates with this teammates.

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