I know that Ivan DeJesus, Jr. should have fielded that ball cleanly and turned the double play to end the game and if he would have done that Jon Broxton would have recorded a save. But he didn’t. You can use that as an excuse, but I’ll bet J-Brox would tell you he still should have closed it out. Donnie Ballgame used Jon all spring as a middle-reliever, deliberately not putting him in a save opportunity until last night.
In his first save opportunity, he blew it!
You can blame IDJ2, but a Closer finds a way to get it done. A closer finds a way. Jon Broxton clearly has no confidence and when you take the letter “C” out of “Closer,” you spell loser.
Jon Broxton would be an excellent set-up man. Put him in the mix with Guerrier, MacDougle, Cormier and Blake Hawksworth and you have something special. Let Kuo and Jansen close. I believe both are Closers. If Donnie keeps running J-Brox out there as a Loser, it will continue to end badly! I have seen enough! I am not the only one who feels this way – the stats don’t tell the tale – other “professional” baseball types feel this same way: Jon Broxton is a second-tier closer and an Elite set-up man. Don’t keep putting him in a role where he will continue to fail.
He’s an elite set up man – expensive, but very good in that role. Some will say that I am just negative on J-Brox. OK, how’s this? I am positive that he’s not a closer!
“It’s only one game and it’s wasn’t his fault he lost.“ That will be the mantra of his supporters. Keep talkin’ – I ain’t belivin’…