With the stretch run of the season coming to a close, we’ll look into a playoff-related question, and one that zeroes in on a talented Phillies player that has fallen on hard times. Today’s Writer’s Roundtable is:
QUESTION: Should Domonic Brown be on the postseason roster?
Jon Nisula: Yes, without a doubt. Brown has a ton of talent and can handle the bat well. The only thing he needs to figure out is the mental side of things. Having him on the playoff roster will not only be an asset to the Phillies as a team, but it will boost his confidence as well. He’d take it all in, feel like he deserves to be there, and who knows, he might even have a big hit or two.If anything, he deserves it way more than anyone on the current roster.
Look at the bench options they have going into the postseason: Bowker, Michael Martinez, Wilson Valdez, Brian Schneider, Ben Francisco, Ross Gload, and of course Brown.Schneider is a given–they can’t play without a backup catcher. But after that, I’d say Brown should be the #1 option out of those listed. In a late game situation with a righty on the mound, I don’t want Gload, Schneider, Martinez, or Bowker at the plate, I want Brown.
Don M.: I don’t think that Domonic Brown should be on the postseason roster. There are faster players, there are better contact hitters, and better defenders that could be on the roster instead.
At this point, I’d have to say that Brandon Moss is even a better choice as a left-handed “power threat” off the bench…though I’d imagine the organization would use Jon Bowker before Moss. Just using the eye-test …. I think Pete Orr is a much better option as a pinch-runner, and I can’t think of what other role Brown would serve in the postseason.
Amanda Orr: Yes, I think Dom Brown should make the playoff roster over Ross Gload and someone like John Bowker. Gload’s numbers aren’t all that impressive this year, although he has been a decent pinch hitter at times. However, once Gload gets on base, he is usually removed for a pinch runner. With Brown, you gain speed on the bases and don’t have to waste another player. Also, Brown has more power than Gload. Brown may not be used to the role of pinch hitting, but for the playoffs you want the best players on the team, and Brown is better than Gload.
Mike Baumann: Should they? Yes. Will they? Probably not. I don’t know why the Phillies seem committed to doing everything they can to stunt Brown’s growth as a player, but this question has nothing to do with that. Compare his stats (.246/.335/.393) to Ross Gload’s (.257/.278/.314). Or perhaps you’d prefer John Bowker or Brandon Moss as left-handed bench options? Not only is he the best hitter, he can run and throw, which neither Gload, Bowker, nor Moss can do. While we’re at it (and this isn’t senseless Raul-bashing, by the way), Raul Ibanez has put up a .242/.288/.419 AVG/OBP/SLG line. Being absolutely charitable to Ibanez, he and Brown are roughly even, before you take into account defense and baserunning. So why do fans and management seem to hate Domonic Brown so much?
Pat Gallen: I’d like to see Dom Brown on the postseason roster, but I wonder if it’s the correct move. He’s been tossed all around like a rag doll this season and his confidence seems shot. The Phillies certainly can’t put him on the roster unless they play him in at least five or six games over the final two weeks. They’ve got to evaluate where they think his swing is and where his head is; because it was an ugly showing in Lehigh Valley at the end of the regular season and into their playoffs. If he can find the confidence he once had an hits the ball with authority within the next 10 days, I’m all for it. He’s got to show something now. And that’s only if the Phils let him show it. So to answer, I don’t think he’ll be on it, but I wouldn’t mind it if he was.
Corey Seidman: Domonic Brown should not be on the postseason roster. He likely won’t be, either, as Charlie said last week prior to the Lehigh Valley guys being called up that who was there then would likely be who he’d choose from for the NLDS 25-man.People love Dom Brown. I love Dom Brown. I’m very excited for the day when he contributes and/or lives up to some of the hype that just grew and grew and grew. But he’d add nothing to the postseason roster in 2011. He wouldn’t play. Could he pinch-run? Sure, but Pete Orr is just as fast and in a short series, who is to say Orr would be a worse pinch-hitting option?
The one reason you would want to get Brown on the playoff roster is to re-build some of his confidence. Give him those heart-pounding moments again. When he was demoted following the Hunter Pence trade, Brown went down to Lehigh Valley and struggled. Probably due in part to his heart not being in it. That sense of entitlement he has to the major leagues needs to go, and it won’t help Brown’s development to continue to send mixed signals.
Jay Floyd: No, Domonic Brown should not be included on the Phillies’ postseason roster unless manager Charlie Manuel begins using Brown a considerable amount over the final 9 days of the regular season. As things stand now, the 24-year-old Brown has been the odd man out, as at bats that could be suited for Brown are going to John Bowker and others.
Even before rejoining the Phillies last week, Brown slumped so much down the stretch, for the IronPigs, that he was benched for two of the team’s seven playoff games. Additionally, in the recent action that Brown did see for Lehigh Valley, he was only used as a designated hitter or a pinch hitter, which means he hasn’t played the outfield since August 29th.