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.