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Jeremy Brown Character Analysis

An unlikely professional athlete drafted by the Oakland A’s in 2002, Jeremy Brown is overweight, hairy, and generally un-charismatic. Nevertheless, he has a high on-base percentage and a consistent, reliable swing. Throughout the book, Michael Lewis uses Jeremy Brown as a kind of case study for Paul DePodesta and Billy Beane’s approach to management.

Jeremy Brown Quotes in Moneyball

The Moneyball quotes below are all either spoken by Jeremy Brown or refer to Jeremy Brown. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the W. W. Norton & Company edition of Moneyball published in 2004.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Jeremy Brown, owner of the University of Alabama offensive record books as a catcher, had been so perfectly conditioned by the conventional scouting wisdom that he refused to believe that any major league baseball team could think highly of him.

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Page Number: 102
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, we’re introduced to one of the most unlikely players on the Oakland A’s: Jeremy Brown. Jeremy isn’t a very impressive player, at least not traditionally speaking. He’s overweight, slow, and generally incapable of wowing the talent scouts. However, Paul DePodesta uses sabermetrics to prove that Jerry is actually one of the most impressive players in baseball—he just doesn’t fit with the traditional profile of how a great player looks and acts. Most surprisingly, Jeremy has been surrounded by traditionally-minded scouts for so long that he doesn’t even think of himself as a great player, even though he is. During his time with the Oakland A’s, coaches shape Jeremy into one of the most impressive players in the entire league, proving that sabermetrics can identify great players who would otherwise be ignored by Major League Baseball.

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Epilogue Quotes

Everybody's laughing at him again. But their laughter has a different tone. It's not the sniggering laughter of the people who made fun of his body. It's something else. He looks out into the gap in left center field. The outfielders are just standing there: they've stopped chasing the ball. The ball's gone. The triple of Jeremy Brown's imagination, in reality, is a home run.

Related Characters: Jeremy Brown
Page Number: 286
Explanation and Analysis:

In the epilogue of the book, Michael Lewis describes one incredible play by Jeremy Brown. In the game, Brown hits the ball hard into the crowd, but he assumes it’s going to bounce back into the field. In the meantime, he hustles to first base and slips. Embarrassed, Jeremy gets up and realizes that, contrary to what he expected, he’s just hit a home run.

In many ways, the passage is symbolic of the Oakland A’s new approach to baseball. Jeremy Brown isn’t the most graceful ballplayer in the league—he slips in the dirt, after all. But Jeremy is, without a doubt, one of the most successful and talented players in the league, even if his plays aren’t always that beautiful to watch. By using sabermetrics so extensively, Paul DePodesta has ushered in a new generation of ballplayers like Jeremy, who lack conventional baseball talent and polish but who still succeed at the sport. Moreover, as the passage—with its deft mixture of comedy and drama— proves, sabermetrics isn’t going to ruin baseball, as some people have claimed. Instead, sabermetrics creates ballgames that are fun, entertaining, and surprising to watch.

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Jeremy Brown Character Timeline in Moneyball

The timeline below shows where the character Jeremy Brown appears in Moneyball. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: How to Find a Ballplayer
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The next player is Jeremy Brown . The traditionally-minded scouts find it absurd that Billy is so interested in Brown, since... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Jeremy Brown Blue Plate Special
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One of Billy’s other scouts has told Billy about a promising but overweight fielder named Jeremy Brown . Brown has been so unpopular with scouts that when the A’s called him with... (full context)
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For Billy’s next choice, he selects Jeremy Brown —a choice which will make him a laughingstock. For the rest of the morning, the... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Science of Winning an Unfair Game
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...the rules of Major League Baseball). Beane then used his extra first-round picked to draft Jeremy Brown and Benjamin Fritz. (full context)
Epilogue: The Badger
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It’s early October 2002, and Jeremy Brown steps into the batter’s box. Not too long ago, he was the laughingstock of baseball—a... (full context)
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...his own teammates, laughing at him. Then he realizes what’s actually happened: “The triple of Jeremy Brown ’s imagination, in reality, is a home run.” (full context)