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Tonight, Joe Torre brought Jonathan Broxton in to pitch the eighth inning instead of the ninth, and Broxton wasn’t happy about it:

Torre brought in Broxton one inning early, flip-flopping him with Sherrill to face the heart of the Cubs’ lineup.

“I couldn’t resist it, really,” Torre said.

The manager said he didn’t think Broxton had a problem with his decision, but the closer’s body language indicated he wasn’t thrilled.

“You still got three outs,” Broxton said curtly.

FYI, Broxton is making $1.825MM this season. Torre asked him to pitch the eighth because there was already a runner on first with no outs and the Cubs had Milton Bradley, Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez coming to the plate.

Torre makes a lot of boneheaded decisions, but asking his best pitcher to pitch in the most important spot in the game isn’t one of them.

2 Responses to “Jonathan Broxton does not like to pitch in the eighth inning”

  1. Nick Kapur says:

    I agreed with this decision one hundred percent (uber-rare, given that it’s Torre). I wish all managers had the balls to throw their closers in the eighth or the seventh, whenever the other team’s 3-4-5 is coming up.

  2. Sarah Green says:

    And I wish stubborn players would see pitching in high-leverage situations as more important than just coming in to pitch certain innings. Boo, Broxton.

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