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Phillies RF Domonic Brown

September 11 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Matt Gelb:

“It was the hair, Domonic Brown figured. The hair had to be the problem.

“Cornrows,” said the Phillies‘ rookie outfielder. “I had the whole football look.”

Chip Lawrence, a Phillies scout, was smitten. “I knew I wanted him,” he said.

The first time Lawrence saw Brown, the gangly teenager was a lefthanded pitcher. Brown threw 93 to 95 m.p.h. off the mound as a high school junior, and Lawrence was overwhelmed by Brown’s potential and athleticism.

“You could dream for days with a guy like that,” Lawrence said.

He was too good an athlete to walk away from, which is exactly what other scouts had done.

There was the scholarship offer to play football at the University of Miami.”

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