Possible All-Star berth not on Brown's mind
PHILADELPHIA -- In the midst of a breakout season, there has been a lot of speculation about the possibility of Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown being an All-Star.
Brown's credentials have been discussed by fans, the media and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. However, there's one person who said he has not pondered the chance: Brown.
"I haven't even thought about it," Brown said. "I don't know. Is that weird?"
He entered Friday second in the National League in home runs with 22. Brown was also hitting .279, and his 60 RBIs are the most of any Phillie.
Brown, 24, was 15th among National League outfielders in the latest fan voting numbers for the Midsummer Classic, so he would need to rely on getting to the game in some other fashion. Manuel -- who managed the NL All-Star team in 2009 and '10 -- said there are benefits to young players getting experience on a big stage.
"Any time that a young player gets around guys who have been All-Stars two, three, four, five, six or seven times, superstar players, I think he can learn things from them, especially if he picks out the right ones," Manuel said.
Brown was also asked about potentially participating in the Home Run Derby at Citi Field. But just like he said he does not think about his chances of being an All-Star, Brown said he has not contemplated competing in the Derby.