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Brant Michael Brown

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Brant Michael Brown had his best minor league seasons within the first two years of his signing: in his first season, he hit a respectable .274. But the next year, he hit .342 with Class A Daytona and AA Orlando.

A few years later, he made his major league debut. On June 15, 1996, at the age of 24, he saw his first glimpse of the majors with the Chicago Cubs. It was a success - he hit .304 in 69 at bats. On June 18 that year, Brown hit three home runs in four at-bats, filling in for Mark Grace. On June 22, he got five hits in one game, including a 2-run home run in the 16th inning.

He was involved in an infamous play two years later, with the Cubs in the middle of a pennant race: on September 23, 1998, Sammy Sosa broke an 0 for 21 slump, hitting his 64th and 65th home runs as the Cubs built a 7–0 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. But Milwaukee fought back, however, and scored three in the last of the 9th when Brown dropped a routine fly ball with the bases loaded and two out in the 9th to allow three Brewers to score. Rod Beck was on the mound when the Merkle–like error occurred (Fred Merkle's boner occurred exactly 90 years before). Milwaukee won the game, 8–7, and the Cubs remained tied for the wild card spot with the New York Mets. Brown was traded after the season for pitcher Jon Lieber.

Afterwards, his career didn't quite pan out. He bounced around the league, playing with multiple teams - he left the Cubs and played in the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. On May 9, 1999, Brown hit a 3-run inside-the-park home run for the Pirates, then a month later, on June 9, he collected 5 hits in one game.

He returned to the Cubs in 2000, where he played his final major league game on August 29, 2000. The last Brown saw of professional baseball was in 2003 with the Schaumburg Flyers, an independent league team.

Brown's uniform number, except for a part of his final season (where it was 35), was always 37.

Brown was a coach of the Bakersfield Blaze in 2008 and 2009, the Frisco RoughRiders in 2010 and 2011, and Round Rock Express in 2012.

He currently resides in Bakersfield, CA.

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  • "[H]e's such a good athlete, he can do things out there [in the outfield] an ordinary guy can't do."-Billy Williams

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