Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The new Dom Brown

Take a look at Dom Brown's run to the All-Star Game, the first of his burgeoning career.

The new Dom Brown

The Phillies´ Domonic Brown. (Matt Slocum/AP)
The Phillies' Domonic Brown. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Seventy-six days ago, Domonic Brown woke up with a .206 batting average for the season and a .232 average (in 167 games), for his career, which was teetering, at best.

Since then, he has quite simply been one of the best offensive players in the National League ... and Saturday was named to his first All-Star Game to prove it.

His career numbers through April 23, 2013 and since:

 April 23, 2013 
 April 24, 2013 
 Games  167  68
 Batting Avg.
 .232  .299
 115-496  79-264
 On-Base Pct.
 .314  .331
 59  14
 106  54
 .214  .205
 Slugging Pct.
 .375  .617
 25  13
 3  4
    Home Runs
 14  21
    Total Bases  
 186  163
 Runs  63  43
 RBI  64  56
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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