J. Brown is eager to please

SIDELIGHT

September 02, 1995|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Last night's lineup card read: Brown batting second and playing center field.

Brady Anderson strolled past the lineup card posted on the bulletin board, and did a double take.

"Who's Brown?" Anderson said. "Kevin Brown?"

No, Jarvis Brown. He and relief pitcher Mike Hartley were promoted from Triple-A Rochester yesterday as part of the expanded rosters available after Sept. 1.

The same Brown who pinch hit for Kirby Puckett in Game 5 of the 1991 World Series. The same one whose first and only home run in the major leagues gave Atlanta a 4-3 victory over San Francisco in the 11th inning May 30, 1994.

Next, Rafael Palmeiro walked into the clubhouse, after glancing at who was batting ahead of him.

"Is that Brown, Marty Brown?" he said.

Just five years late. Marty Brown played for the Orioles, but not since 1990, his last appearance in the major leagues.

Later, someone scribbled in the letter "J" in front of Brown to end some confusion.

Jarvis Brown, who was called up to relieve the depleted Orioles outfield, has major-league experience with the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and Braves. He started the season with Norfolk, the New York Mets' Triple-A affiliate.

After being released May 29, Brown was signed by Indianapolis, the Triple-A club of the Cincinnati Reds, and played there two days before being acquired by the Orioles for a player to be named.

He spent most of the year at Double-A Bowie, where he batted .279 and was successful in 12 of 15 stolen-base attempts. After moving up to Rochester, Brown hit safely in 14 of 17 games and batted .314.

"Jarvis Brown, who is he?" manager Phil Regan said. "Actually, I've seen him play in Venezuela. He can run, can throw and can field. Hitting is what he has to improve on. But you can play in the majors if you can do those three things real well."

Brown, 28, was notified of his promotion at 11 a.m. yesterday. He already had packed for the Red Wings' road trip to Syracuse.

Entering the Orioles' clubhouse at 5 p.m., Brown scanned the room and --ed to an open locker.

"I know I've seen a lot of these guys on TV, but I don't think they've ever seen me before," said Brown, who was 1-for-3 with a walk last night. "I heard I might be starting tonight, so I checked the newspaper to see who was pitching just in case."

Brown stressed he must be prepared. Although he has a World Series ring from the Twins in 1991, Brown has only a major-league service total of one year, 84 days.

That's why he said he feels so much pressure of impressing the Orioles.

"I'm nervous standing right here [in front of the locker]," Brown said. "I'm 28 and not established here. I have to prove I can play at this level."

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