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October 9, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's your sympathy quotient today? Filled to capacity, or are you only feeling a tad empathetic? Or at least, forgiving? Jonathan Broxton is not exactly beloved to most Dodgers' fans. He is forever the guy who melted down twice to the Phillies in the National League Championship Series. The guy who always appeared overweight, almost distracted and somewhere on the other side of Lord Byron in the passion department. Broxton deserves a better retrospective. Not that he should go down in the pantheon of great Dodgers closers, but neither does he deserve the kind of scorn normally reserved for someone wearing a Giants uniform.
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October 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Dodgers have participated in the National League Championship Series nine times. Here's how they fared: 1974 Dodgers 3, Pittsburgh 1 NL MVP Steve Garvey had two home runs in the series, Don Sutton pitched a four-hit shutout in Game 1 and the Dodgers outscored the Pirates in the series, 20-10. 1977 Dodgers 3, Philadelphia 1 After losing Game 1, Dodgers won the next three, including a dramatic Game 3 victory when they scored three runs with two outs for a 6-4 victory.
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May 6, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from New York Jonathan Broxton could be sidelined because of a bruised elbow for more than a month, considering his rehabilitation program prohibits him from throwing a baseball for the next two to three weeks. With Broxton placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, Manager Don Mattingly said converted starter Vicente Padilla would be the Dodgers' primary closer. Kenley Jansen was called up from double-A Chattanooga to replace Broxton on the active roster.
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February 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX — During a recent bullpen session, Hyun-Jin Ryu was offered advice by Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax on how to grip his curveball. Ryu threw the pitch once in his Dodgers debut Sunday and Dewayne Wise of the Chicago White Sox drove it into the right-field corner for a triple. "I guess it really didn't work today," Ryu said through an interpreter as he laughed. Pitching a scoreless third inning in the Dodgers' 2-2 tie with the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, Ryu was otherwise flawless in his first major league game.
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November 28, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Cincinnati Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21-million contract  Wednesday. Broxton came to the Reds last July and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 earned-run average. With the signing, the Reds can turn incumbent closer Aroldis Chapman into a starter, which they have been wanting to do for a couple of seasons. Broxton will receive a $4-million base salary in 2013, $7 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. There's a club option for another year at $9 million with a $1-million buyout.
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August 25, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Wearing a slight grin, Jonathan Broxton cut the air in front of him with his right hand. "I was trying to veer the conversation," he said, curving the path of his hand to the right to illustrate what he was trying to do with words. In doing so, he said, he might have created a misunderstanding. "I wasn't singling myself out," he said. "I was talking about the general feeling in this room. "I don't talk about myself much." Only this time, this avoidance mechanism had undesired consequences.
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June 6, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
On the way to their latest walk-off victory, the Dodgers ran into trouble. Top of the ninth inning. Score tied. Runner on second base. No outs. But Jonathan Broxton emerged unscathed. Broxton struck out Martin Prado . With Brooks Conrad standing on third base, he struck out Omar Infante . Then Jason Heyward . "The game is not speeding up for him," Manager Joe Torre said of Broxton. "He's keeping the game at a manageable pace. He got some tough hitters out in a tough situation."
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August 17, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Hiroki Kuroda 's injury added to concerns about the strength of the Dodgers' pitching staff, chief of which is perhaps the recent woes of closer Jonathan Broxton . After a sparkling performance in the early part of the season, which resulted in Broxton making the National League All-Star team, the soft-spoken Georgia native has struggled badly in recent weeks. Broxton, 25, had given up five runs, eight hits and three walks in his last seven innings of relief work entering today's game, and has blown three of five save opportunities.
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November 28, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Jonathan Broxton has ruled out the possibility of re-signing with the Dodgers, according to his agent, BB Abbott. "He will not be back in L.A.," Abbott wrote in a text message Monday morning. Abbott said Broxton is close to moving on. "He had multiple suitors and we should have something tentative in the next few days," Abbott said. Abbott said he had conversations with the Dodgers about Broxton but declined to say how far the talks advanced. Abbott had said Broxton was open to returning to the Dodgers.
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February 24, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Phoenix ? The Jonathan Broxton that James Loney described sounded a lot like the Jonathan Broxton who was an All-Star. Loney faced Broxton in live batting practice Thursday and said of his fastball, "It looked hard to me. He had some movement. He looked smooth and fluid. " But although Loney said he expects Broxton to regain his All-Star form, he conceded he hadn't seen enough of him to declare the pitcher recovered from whatever plagued him over the final three months of last season.
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November 28, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Cincinnati Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21-million contract  Wednesday. Broxton came to the Reds last July and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 earned-run average. With the signing, the Reds can turn incumbent closer Aroldis Chapman into a starter, which they have been wanting to do for a couple of seasons. Broxton will receive a $4-million base salary in 2013, $7 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. There's a club option for another year at $9 million with a $1-million buyout.
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October 10, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
This is really not a 2011 news item , but one from 2012. Now if the Boston Red Sox had been able to act properly in 2011, there would be no need for this managerial déjà vu, but there you are. A year ago the Red Sox searched for their first post-Theo Epstein manager and decided on Bobby Valentine. Those crazy guys. Perhaps you heard about that implosion. Valentine barely staggered through the season, mutiny and irate players everywhere, and the Red Sox are once again beginning a managerial search.
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October 10, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Is there a pattern about to be broken? These things can be so hard to do. General Manager Ned Colletti just loves his journeymen backup catchers - Dioner Navarro, Brad Ausmus, Gary Bennett, Rod Barajas, Mike Lieberthal, Sandy Alomar, and of course, Matt Treanor. Like it's a requirement. Something to cross off his annual winter check list. It's understandable, really. A team needs a dependable, veteran catcher it can count on to put behind the plate once a week or so, and feel confident the staff is in capable hands.
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October 9, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's your sympathy quotient today? Filled to capacity, or are you only feeling a tad empathetic? Or at least, forgiving? Jonathan Broxton is not exactly beloved to most Dodgers' fans. He is forever the guy who melted down twice to the Phillies in the National League Championship Series. The guy who always appeared overweight, almost distracted and somewhere on the other side of Lord Byron in the passion department. Broxton deserves a better retrospective. Not that he should go down in the pantheon of great Dodgers closers, but neither does he deserve the kind of scorn normally reserved for someone wearing a Giants uniform.
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October 9, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO — Jonathan Broxton won't say it, but he seems bothered by how fans of his former team view him. Broxton saved 84 games for the Dodgers and represented them at two All-Star games. But in Los Angeles, he's remembered more for two encounters he had with Matt Stairs that contributed to two of the most devastating defeats in the Dodgers' recent history. "I'm not getting into that," Broxton says. Broxton is the setup man for the Cincinnati Reds, who hold a 2-0 edge over the San Francisco Giants in a best-of-five National League division series.
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September 22, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
- For the second time in three days, the Dodgers were forced to watch the opposing team celebrate. When Hanley Ramirez grounded into a double play to seal a 6-0 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday evening, the 41,117 fans at Great American Ball Park erupted. Matt Kemp sat motionless on the dugout bench, as the Reds gathered in front of the mound as the newly crowned National League Central champions. Two days earlier, they witnessed the Washington Nationals secure their pass to the postseason.
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March 30, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
It was shortly after 8 a.m., and Jonathan Broxton had already filled an old water bottle with brown tobacco juice. "Not completely," he said, shaking the bottle, shrugging. The Dodgers' clubhouse wasn't half-filled, yet Broxton was fully dressed and talking about the nerve required to navigate those spit bottles amid his wife and young son in their Georgia home. "None of'em have spilled yet," he said, the smallest of grins creeping across his giant whiskered face. Talking to Broxton is like pouring syrup over pancakes.
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August 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Kenley Jansen knows how quickly fans can turn on a closer. He saw it happen to Jonathan Broxton. Broxton, now a setup man for the Cincinnati Reds, made two All-Star teams with the Dodgers. But Broxton never lived down his failures in the 2008 and 2009 playoffs and spent his final seasons in Los Angeles as a divisive figure among fans. As the closer on a contending team, Jansen now carries the burden that once belonged to Broxton. Jansen, in his first season as closer, views this as an opportunity.
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August 5, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline was Tuesday and it's too early to judge who got the best of the deals, but staff writer Lance Pugmire does it anyway: Win-win Angels trade shortstop Jean Segura, right-handers Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee for right-hander Zack Greinke: Greinke bolsters a rotation led by Jered Weaver in pursuit of the American League West lead; Brewers, looking to future, land confident Segura and likely big...
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