There’s no question he has All-Star numbers. Whether Domonic Brown actually makes his first All-Star team is another question. Brown, in his first year as a full-time, every-day player, goes into the Phillies’ game against the Pirates Thursday afternoon with 22 home runs, fifth-most in the majors; 60 RBIs, 10th-most in baseball; and a .280 batting average. Among National League outfielders, Brown ranks second to Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies in homers and RBIs. Gonzalez has one more of each, along with a .294 average. Brown has never been an All-Star, and it’s not easy to make the team a first time without huge numbers. It will come down to National League manager Bruce Bochy of the Giants deciding whether or not to add the 25-year-old Brown to his roster this weekend. “It would mean a lot, but I’m not focused in on that,” Brown said late Wednesday night, after his two-run, ninth-inning homer off National League saves leader Jason Grilli brought the Phillies within a run in a game the Pirates wound up winning, 6-5 (see story). “I’m not focused on the All-Star Game. If I don’t make it, I don’t make it. I just have to play better. That’s my goal, just to go out and play better.” Brown, who never had more than 187 at-bats in his first three seasons, is on pace for 42 homers and 114 RBIs. The only Phillies in franchise history with 42 homers and 110 RBIs in a season are Hall of Famer Chuck Klein in 1929 and 1930, Mike Schmidt in 1979 and 1980, Jim Thome in 2003 and Ryan Howard for four straight years from 2006 through 2009. “I’m curious to see what kind of numbers he puts up for the year,” Manuel said. Carlos Beltran is a lock to be one of the starting outfielders, and Gonzalez and Bryce Harper (.272, 13 homers in 47 games) will likely be the other starters, based on fan voting.
Brown focused on improving, not All-Star Game
CSN Philly | Jul 4