Jonathan Broxton

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Jonathan Broxton
Jonathan Broxton on May 26, 2012.jpg
Broxton pitching for Kansas City during a game in Baltimore
Cincinnati Reds – No. 51
Pitcher
Born: (1984-06-16) June 16, 1984 (age 29)
Augusta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 29, 2005 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through April 23, 2014)
Win-loss record 31–27
Earned run average 3.14
Strikeouts 577
Saves 114
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Roy Broxton1 (born June 16, 1984) is a professional baseball relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. He previously played with the Los Angeles Dodgers, serving as their primary closer from mid-2008 to mid-2010, and the Kansas City Royals, where he also served as the team's closer.

A prototypical fireballer, the 6'4", 310-pound Broxton features an overpowering fastball as well as an above-averagequantify slider.

High school years

Broxton attended Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Georgia. As a senior for the Bears, he posted a 9–2 record and a 1.21 earned run average as a pitcher.

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round in 2002 and signed with them on June 30, 2002.

Playing career

Minor leagues

In the minor leagues, from 2002 to 2006, Broxton was 23–11 with 12 saves and a 3.03 ERA in 303 innings. He struck out 332 batters, while walking 115 and giving up 244 hits.

His minor league teams were the Great Falls Dodgers of the Pioneer League, the South Georgia Waves of the South Atlantic League, the Vero Beach Dodgers of the Florida State League, and the "AA" Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Broxton made his big league debut on July 29, 2005 against the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching one inning in relief, allowing one run, and striking out two. His first strikeout victim was Cardinals Albert Pujols. During the 2005 campaign, he appeared in 14 games, all in relief, striking out 22 batters in only 13 and two-third innings.

Broxton pitching during spring training in Arizona in 2008.
Broxton (center) with fellow Dodgers pitchers Esteban Loaiza, Scott Proctor, Joe Beimel and Takashi Saito in 2008.

Broxton began the 2006 season with the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. After allowing no runs in 11 appearances (with 18 strikeouts), on May 1, 2006, Broxton was recalled from the minors after the demotion of veteran Lance Carter.2

After gradually gaining the confidence of manager Grady Little, Broxton became Takashi Saito's primary setup man, and the team's backup closer.

He held batters to a .159 Batting Average with Runners in Scoring Position, and held right-handed batters to a .196 batting average.

Appeared in a career high 83 games for the Dodgers, third most in the National League and fourth most in franchise history. He threw 99 strikeouts (second most among all big league relievers) and ranked fifth in the Majors with 32 holds. His 2.85 ERA placed him as one of nine Major League pitchers with more than 75 innings pitched and an era below 3.78.

Broxton recorded 96 23 consecutive no-home run innings from July 23, 2006 to August 21, 2007. That was the longest streak in team history since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958.3

On July 19, 2008, Saito was placed on the disabled list (DL), and Broxton inherited the closer role for the remainder of the season. He allowed a pinch hit two run homer to Matt Stairs of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 8th inning of Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS.4

Broxton closes out a game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first full season as closer.

In his first season as the full-time closer for the Dodgers, Broxton was selected to the National League All-Star team. However, he was unable to play in the Game due to injury. His final regular season record was 7–2 with a 2.61 ERA, 36 saves and 114 strikeouts. Despite his accomplished season, he suffered a costly blown save in Game 4 of the 2009 National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies when he walked Matt Stairs, hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch and then allowed a two out/two run walk off hit by Jimmy Rollins.

Broxton had a good first half of the season and was selected to the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, in which he recorded the save, but he struggled in the second half. In somewhat of a repeat performance against the Phillies, he blew a 4-run lead on August 12, as this time it was Carlos Ruiz delivering the 2-run walk-off hit.5 He was replaced as the closer at the end of the season by Hong-Chih Kuo. He was nicknamed by fans the "Fat Hobo."

Broxton returned to the closer role at the start of the 2011 season and appeared in 14 games in March and April, with a 5.68 ERA and 7 saves. On May 4, he admitted that he had been feeling some pain in his elbow and he was placed on the disabled list.6 After a couple of months off he made two rehab appearances with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes on June 21 and 23 but felt tightness in his shoulder when throwing on June 25 and was shut down again.7 He had hoped to return in September but Manager Don Mattingly said that it would be late if he returned, if at all.8 He had another setback after testing his elbow off a mound in September and was shut down for the season.9 He became a free agent at the conclusion of the season.

Kansas City Royals

On November 29, 2011, Broxton signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Kansas City Royals.10

On April 11, 2012, Broxton tied a dubious record for a major-league pitcher by ending and losing a game on consecutive hits by pitch (HBP).11 The last time this happened was on September 2, 1966, when Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles hit Al Weis and Tommie Agee of the Chicago White Sox.12

Overall, Broxton had a strong first half, posting a 2.05 ERA, with 20 saves in 23 save opportunities through July 1.

Cincinnati Reds

On the July 31, 2012 MLB non-waiver Trade Deadline Broxton was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league pitchers JC Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph. 13

On November 28, 2012, Broxton agreed to terms on a multi-year extension with the Reds. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 15, 2013 due to a right elbow flexor strain. He was placed on the DL again in August.

International career

Broxton was a member of the United States team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic during March 2009.

Personal life

Broxton and his wife, Elizabeth, married in January 2006.1415 The couple had their first child, a son named Jonathan Brooks,16 on June 11, 2009.17

References

  1. ^ "Jonathan Broxton Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  2. ^ Gurnick, Ken (2006-05-01). "Notes: Carter gets sent down". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Recap – August 23, 2007". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  4. ^ "October 13, 2008 National League Championship Series (NLCS) Game 4, Phillies at Dodgers". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Phillies score 4 off Broxton in 9th", The Baseball Page
  6. ^ Jonathan Broxton finally admits to elbow pain, is shut down -- and there's no closer in waiting
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  8. ^ Are Juan Uribe and Jonathan Broxton done?
  9. ^ Broxton suffers setback, likely done for season
  10. ^ "Jonathan Broxton signs one-year deal with Kansas City". yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  11. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/jonathan-broxton-becomes-first-pitcher-46-years-hit-020037455.html
  12. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA196609020.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool
  13. ^ Sheldon, Mark. "Broxton deal, moves". mlb.com. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Youmans, Matt (2006-04-30). "'Silent killer' Broxton lets pitches make all the noise". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  15. ^ "The Official Site of The Los Angeles Dodgers: Team: Player Information: Biography and Career Highlights". MLB.com. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  16. ^ Paulling, Daniel (2009-06-14). "Now a dad, Broxton back with Dodgers". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  17. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (2009-06-13). "Andruw Jones says he left because of Frank McCourt". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 

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