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Brown is here
2003-02-18 10:24
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Hot off the MLB.com presses - Brown arrived at Vero Beach today.

And said the following:
"My dedication is what it's always been. If they moved the [reporting] date to Jan. 1, I'd be here Feb. 18."

It's a little unclear. Is he saying that if the reporting date were earlier, he'd already have been at Dodgertown today? Or is he saying that no matter what his obligation were, he wouldn't be at Dodgertown until today.

I think, scarily, that the more disturbing interpretation is the more likely one.

Brown also told the site that he thinks tests have discovered the source of his back trouble, but that he doesn't know how his back will behave once he starts throwing for real, because he, the site writes, "only played catch a few times over the winter with his family."

So much for training on your own.

I don't question whether Brown wants to do well and help the team. I'm questioning whether he knows how to do well and help the team. Does he realize that what worked in the past might not work anymore?

That's the question he needs to be asked. If he thinks, or if his teammates or the media lets him think, that the question is about his dedication, then he's going to have every reason to feel righteous.

It's not about his dedication. The question is, is Kevin Brown ignorant?

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