SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Giants third baseman Chris Brown, who played six years in the Majors and was an All-Star in 1986, died on Tuesday at the age of 45 in a Houston hospital from burns suffered in a house fire.
An Associated Press report said that authorities are still investigating the cause of the Nov. 30 blaze in Sugar Land, Tex., and arson is suspected.
Brown was San Francisco's second-round pick in the 1979 amateur draft, and he seemed destined for stardom. He made the All-Rookie team in 1985 after batting .271 with 16 homers, then earned All-Star honors in 1986, hitting .317 with 49 RBIs.
But Brown was never the same following shoulder surgery after the 1986 campaign, and he was traded to San Diego in a multi-player deal. He eventually played with Detroit in 1989 before being released.
Brown was employed by Halliburton Co. in Iraq, driving and repairing 18-wheel fuel trucks, and in a 2004 interview with The Associated Press, he said, "It's a place I would've never thought 20 years ago that I'd be."
He is the second ex-Giants player to die this year. Brown's former teammate, shortstop Jose Uribe, was killed in a car accident at the age of 47 in his native Dominican Republic on Dec. 8.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.