December 15, 1997

Kevin Brown



Teams | Rangers (1986, 88-94), Orioles (95), Marlins (96-97), Padres (98), Dodgers (99-2003), Yankees (04-05)

How he was acquired | The Padres traded Derrek Lee, Rafael Medina and Steve Hoff to the Marlins for Brown on Dec. 15, 1997.

How he was lost | Brown signed a seven-year, $105 million contract with the Dodgers on Dec. 12, 1998, becoming baseball’s first $100 million player.

Pitches | 1. Two-seam (sinking) fastball  2. Four-seam (rising) fastball  3. Hard slider  4. Curve  5. Change  6. Split-fingered fastball

Player most similar to | Dave Stieb

1. Career year (1998) 18-7, 2.38 ERA, 257 strikeouts and 49 walks in 257 innings, 10 HBPs, 10 wild pitches.

2. Career year (1996) 17-11, 1.89 ERA, 159 strikeouts and 33 walks in 233 innings, 16 HBPs.

Resume
Two-time Padres Nation Walter Johnson Award [1996, 98]
Top 10 in Cy Young Award voting five times [1992, 96, 98-2000]
Five-time All-Star [1992, 96-98, 00, 03]
Led league in ERA twice [1996, 00]
Led league in wins [1992]
Led league in innings pitched [1992]
Led league in shutouts [1996]
Led league in HBP three times [1991, 96-97]
Pitched no-hitter [June 10, 97]

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