Red Sox: Worst pitchers in franchise history

Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Members of the 2004 2007 2013 World Series team as well as current players gather in the infield as part of pregame ceremonies in honor of designated hitter David Ortiz (34) before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Members of the 2004 2007 2013 World Series team as well as current players gather in the infield as part of pregame ceremonies in honor of designated hitter David Ortiz (34) before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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A Brown out

I do recall seeing Mike Brown occasionally get a batter retired. It did happen. Brown played for the Red Sox for five years and earned a ring for being on the 1986 squad – at least for part of the season before being traded to Seattle.

Brown was a second-round pick for Boston in 1980 and the right-hander eventually made it to Boston in 1982. Brown’s advancement was rather rapid as he bypassed Triple-A ball and got a brief trial with the Red Sox as an end of season call-up.

Brown’s projected promise never materialized and eventually his Boston days came to a close. The stat line about sums up a disappointing career (12-18, 5.57) as a part-time starter and occasional bullpen pitcher. I was a semi-regular at Pawtucket games and saw Brown pitch several times with results similar to those he had in the majors.

Brown moved on to Seattle for a brief stay and then out of the bigs. A Brown start was one that you knew would not result in a win, but in frustration for the fans and for Brown.