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Friday, November 16, 2018

How Kevin Brown Became Baseball’s First $100 Million Man

Twenty years after he declared himself “the new sheriff in town,” ex-Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone wants to emphasize one fact about the contract that permanently changed Major League Baseball: the charter plane trips for Kevin Brown’s family were not his idea.

“Everybody criticized us for granting a charter plane to fly Kevin’s family from Georgia for his starts,” Malone, the first general manager to sign a free agent to a nine-figure contract, states. “The Rockies offered the same thing.”

Whether Colorado offered Brown the luxurious accomodations or super-agent extraordinaire Scott Boras tricked Malone in order to extract more amenties for his client, the Dodgers signed Brown, a 34-year-old starting pitcher, to a seven-year, $105 million contract in December 1998. The deal included 12 roundtrip charter flights from Georgia to Los Angeles so Brown’s family and his young children could watch him pitch, a plush bonus during a chilly era between front offices and free agents.

The story of a contract, and, with it, much of the recent economic history of Major League Baseball.

QLE Posted: November 16, 2018 at 04:26 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dodgers, dollah dollah bills, y'all, kevin brown, kevin malone

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   1. Darren Posted: November 16, 2018 at 11:52 AM (#5788419)
What are chartered plane trips when you're spending a $100 million?

Ashtray money, bro. That's what they are. Ashtray money.
   2. jmurph Posted: November 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM (#5788427)
Can't believe the Rockies would even need to offer any sweeteners like that, what with their local schools being such a trump card.
   3. Hysterical & Useless Posted: November 16, 2018 at 02:42 PM (#5788531)
their local schools being such a trump card


That kinda talk'll get you banished to the forums, bub.

Brown pitched pretty well for 5 of the 7 years of that contract, though one of those good years he lost quite a bit of time to injury (only 19 starts). And the Dodgers got the 4 best years and only one of the clunkers, so that's a pretty good return on what most would view as a rather risky investment.

   4. Jon W Posted: November 16, 2018 at 02:52 PM (#5788537)
I have a chapter on Kevin Brown in my book about Dodger pitching. If you factor in the trade the Dodgers made of Brown for Jeff Weaver and Yhency Brazoban, they got 24.2 wins above replacement over the seven years of the Brown contract - an average of 3.5 per year. The signing worked out, unless you want to blame it for the talent around him not being that great.
   5. McCoy Posted: November 16, 2018 at 03:03 PM (#5788544)
You mash 2001 and 2002 together and you basically get a modern day starter in terms of starts and innings. Over that period he put up a 115 ERA+, a 3.58 FIP, and 2.7 WAR/1.3 WAA
   6. jmurph Posted: November 16, 2018 at 03:37 PM (#5788566)
That kinda talk'll get you banished to the forums, bub.

I'm pretty sure you know this and you're just making a Trump joke, which is good, but JUST IN CASE, I'm referring to the Mike Hampton comments when he signed his giant Rockies contract.
   7. Hysterical & Useless Posted: November 16, 2018 at 03:55 PM (#5788575)
I'm pretty sure you know this and you're just making a Trump joke, which is good, but JUST IN CASE, I'm referring to the Mike Hampton comments when he signed his giant Rockies contract.


Yeah, I'm a Mets fan, we will all neither forget nor forgive that. Like, EVER. But I couldn't resist the "joke."
   8. Red Voodooin Posted: November 16, 2018 at 04:00 PM (#5788580)
I'm referring to the Mike Hampton comments when he signed his giant Rockies contract.


I remember being super pissed about that, as I was hoping he was gonna sign with the Cubs.
   9. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: November 16, 2018 at 08:46 PM (#5788668)
He was 34 and signed a 7-year deal? That's crazy.
   10. Adam Starblind Recommends SportSpyder.com Posted: November 17, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5788799)
Funny that this contract looks so good in hindsight. It was panned while it was happening, but probably because it happened at the same time as the atrocious Darren Dreifort deal.

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