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Jonathan Broxton

Jonathan Broxton pitching during spring training action in Arizona, 2008.
Los Angeles Dodgers — No. 51
Relief pitcher
Born: June 16, 1984 (1984-06-16) (age 25)
Augusta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 29, 2005 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     19-12
Earned run average     2.92
Strikeouts     420
Saves     55
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Roy Broxton[1] (born June 16, 1984 in Augusta, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He bats and throws right-handed. Broxton is known for his velocity, regularly throwing pitches ranging from 98 to 101 mph. On July 3, 2009 against the San Diego Padres he was clocked at 103 mph.

A prototypical fireballer, the 6'4", 290-pound Broxton features an overwhelming fastball as well as a slider.

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High school years

Broxton attended Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Georgia. As a senior, 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.

Minor league career

In the minor leagues, from 2002-06, 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.

Major league career

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2005 season

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 great 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.

2006 season

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.

2007 season

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 relivers) 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 3.00.

Broxton recorded 96 2/3 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]

2008 season

On July 19, 2008, Saito was placed on 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]

2009 World Baseball Classic

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

2009 season

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.

Personal life

Broxton married the former Elizabeth Dixon on 14 January 2006.[5] The couple's first child, Jonathan Brooks, was born on 11 June 2009. [6] [7]

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