Jason Brown Embraces Backup Role

Jason Brown has been a solid role player as he enters his ninth season of professional baseball. Despite only playing in 37 games, Brown is content with his role as a backup and Thunder manager Bill Masse speaks volumes about his 31-year old receiver. Brown, like most of his teammates, is focused squarely on the goal of winning on the Eastern League Championship and not on personal achievement or accolades.

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At 31, Brown can't be considered a prospect but one would think Brown's veteran status would allow him to pass on some knowledge to the Thunder's younger starting catcher, Omir Santos. Most times, though, it is Brown who learns things from Santos.

"Most of the time I'm learning from him. Sure I'm a little more experienced but I enjoy just sitting in the dugout and watching him catch. He's very good and I learn a lot from watching him play," said Brown.

Brown's long-time Double-A and Triple-A experience underscore the fact that he could have a much larger role on this team than he does. He doesn't mind that his minor league career has progressed to back-up status and has accepted and embraced his role on this team.

Most players would be upset if they played in only a third of their team's games but Brown takes it all in stride and his demeanor around the clubhouse never changes from happy and cheerful.

"Yeah, I'm happy with it [my playing time]. That's my role on this team, to catch a couple days a week and if Omir needs a day off, because Omir's the guy here and he's very good," said Brown.

Brown's willingness to stay in the background, embrace his back-up role, and not cause any distractions for his teammates is a testament to the kind of team player he is and his competitive desire to win and help his teammates win. Brown and his teammates have turned their focus from any personal ambitions they came in with toward winning the Eastern League Championship with 40 games left to play.

Thunder manager Bill Masse raves about the way Brown goes about his business and handles a very young Trenton pitching staff.

"He's [Brown] everything you want in a backup. He's done a great job for us when he's gotten a chance to play and the pitcher's love throwing to him. He's done a great job in his role for us," said Masse.

Masse isn't the only one who doesn't know why the pitchers enjoy throwing to Brown so much, because neither does Brown.

"I'm really not sure [why they like throwing to me], said Brown. "On the days I'm in there, that's my job and I really just talk to them and figure out how they want to work that day and I try to accommodate that as much as possible."

"The most important thing is to stay with what they do best," the veteran catcher continued to say. "You can't really worry about opposing hitters and just help them [ the pitchers] use what they're comfortable with. That's usually the best approach."

Brown believes that Santos is very close to being a major league catcher and has nothing but praise for the young receiver who has been one of the major reasons why the Thunder find themselves in a pennant race in the competitive EL North. Santos has posted a .281 batting average with surprising pop to complement his above average receiving skills.

"He's [Santos] very good. I think it's just a matter of time until he's in the Major Leagues. He just needs to get some more experience behind the plate, but he's very good," said Brown.

Brown may not be poised to make a Major League appearance, but he certainly enjoys the opportunity to be a part of Santos' continuing development and a possible Championship run with his current teammates. He relishes both of those things and hopes that he can contribute, either on the field or in the clubhouse, as his team surges through the final 40 games and he sees a future major leaguer take shape before his eyes.

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\r\nAt 31, Brown can't be considered a prospect but one would think Brown's veteran status would allow him to pass on some knowledge to the Thunder's younger starting catcher, Omir Santos. Most times, though, it is Brown who learns things from Santos.
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\r\n\"Most of the time I'm learning from him. Sure I'm a little more experienced but I enjoy just sitting in the dugout and watching him catch. He's very good and I learn a lot from watching him play,\" said Brown.
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\r\nBrown's long-time Double-A and Triple-A experience underscore the fact that he could have a much larger role on this team than he does. He doesn't mind that his minor league career has progressed to back-up status and has accepted and embraced his role on this team.
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\r\nMost players would be upset if they played in only a third of their team's games but Brown takes it all in stride and his demeanor around the clubhouse never changes from happy and cheerful.
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\r\n\"Yeah, I'm happy with it [my playing time]. That's my role on this team, to catch a couple days a week and if Omir needs a day off, because Omir's the guy here and he's very good,\" said Brown.
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\r\nBrown's willingness to stay in the background, embrace his back-up role, and not cause any distractions for his teammates is a testament to the kind of team player he is and his competitive desire to win and help his teammates win. Brown and his teammates have turned their focus from any personal ambitions they came in with toward winning the Eastern League Championship with 40 games left to play.
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\r\nThunder manager Bill Masse raves about the way Brown goes about his business and handles a very young Trenton pitching staff.
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\r\n\"He's [Brown] everything you want in a backup. He's done a great job for us when he's gotten a chance to play and the pitcher's love throwing to him. He's done a great job in his role for us,\" said Masse.
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\r\nMasse isn't the only one who doesn't know why the pitchers enjoy throwing to Brown so much, because neither does Brown.
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\r\n\"I'm really not sure [why they like throwing to me], said Brown. \"On the days I'm in there, that's my job and I really just talk to them and figure out how they want to work that day and I try to accommodate that as much as possible.\"
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\r\n\"The most important thing is to stay with what they do best,\" the veteran catcher continued to say. \"You can't really worry about opposing hitters and just help them [ the pitchers] use what they're comfortable with. That's usually the best approach.\"
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\r\nBrown believes that Santos is very close to being a major league catcher and has nothing but praise for the young receiver who has been one of the major reasons why the Thunder find themselves in a pennant race in the competitive EL North. Santos has posted a .281 batting average with surprising pop to complement his above average receiving skills.
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\r\n\"He's [Santos] very good. I think it's just a matter of time until he's in the Major Leagues. He just needs to get some more experience behind the plate, but he's very good,\" said Brown.
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\r\nBrown may not be poised to make a Major League appearance, but he certainly enjoys the opportunity to be a part of Santos' continuing development and a possible Championship run with his current teammates. He relishes both of those things and hopes that he can contribute, either on the field or in the clubhouse, as his team surges through the final 40 games and he sees a future major leaguer take shape before his eyes.
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\r\nAt 31, Brown can't be considered a prospect but one would think Brown's veteran status would allow him to pass on some knowledge to the Thunder's younger starting catcher, Omir Santos. Most times, though, it is Brown who learns things from Santos.
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\r\n\"Most of the time I'm learning from him. Sure I'm a little more experienced but I enjoy just sitting in the dugout and watching him catch. He's very good and I learn a lot from watching him play,\" said Brown.
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\r\nBrown's long-time Double-A and Triple-A experience underscore the fact that he could have a much larger role on this team than he does. He doesn't mind that his minor league career has progressed to back-up status and has accepted and embraced his role on this team.
\r\n
\r\nMost players would be upset if they played in only a third of their team's games but Brown takes it all in stride and his demeanor around the clubhouse never changes from happy and cheerful.
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\r\n\"Yeah, I'm happy with it [my playing time]. That's my role on this team, to catch a couple days a week and if Omir needs a day off, because Omir's the guy here and he's very good,\" said Brown.
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\r\nBrown's willingness to stay in the background, embrace his back-up role, and not cause any distractions for his teammates is a testament to the kind of team player he is and his competitive desire to win and help his teammates win. Brown and his teammates have turned their focus from any personal ambitions they came in with toward winning the Eastern League Championship with 40 games left to play.
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\r\nThunder manager Bill Masse raves about the way Brown goes about his business and handles a very young Trenton pitching staff.
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\r\n\"He's [Brown] everything you want in a backup. He's done a great job for us when he's gotten a chance to play and the pitcher's love throwing to him. He's done a great job in his role for us,\" said Masse.
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\r\nMasse isn't the only one who doesn't know why the pitchers enjoy throwing to Brown so much, because neither does Brown.
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\r\n\"I'm really not sure [why they like throwing to me], said Brown. \"On the days I'm in there, that's my job and I really just talk to them and figure out how they want to work that day and I try to accommodate that as much as possible.\"
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\r\n\"The most important thing is to stay with what they do best,\" the veteran catcher continued to say. \"You can't really worry about opposing hitters and just help them [ the pitchers] use what they're comfortable with. That's usually the best approach.\"
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\r\nBrown believes that Santos is very close to being a major league catcher and has nothing but praise for the young receiver who has been one of the major reasons why the Thunder find themselves in a pennant race in the competitive EL North. Santos has posted a .281 batting average with surprising pop to complement his above average receiving skills.
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\r\n\"He's [Santos] very good. I think it's just a matter of time until he's in the Major Leagues. He just needs to get some more experience behind the plate, but he's very good,\" said Brown.
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\r\nBrown may not be poised to make a Major League appearance, but he certainly enjoys the opportunity to be a part of Santos' continuing development and a possible Championship run with his current teammates. He relishes both of those things and hopes that he can contribute, either on the field or in the clubhouse, as his team surges through the final 40 games and he sees a future major leaguer take shape before his eyes.
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