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Dodgers will use demoted closer Brandon League in “less stressful” situations

Jun 27, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

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Not only has Brandon League pitched his way out of the Dodgers’ closer job, it sounds like he won’t even be seeing any action as a setup man for a while.

Don Mattingly told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he plans to only use League in “less stressful” situations, which is a nice way of saying “mop-up work.” According to the manager, the Dodgers’ coaching staff will try to “piece him back together” and in the meantime they’ll go with other options to hold leads in front of closer Kenley Jansen.

All of which certainly makes a lot more sense than sticking with League in high-leverage spots just because he’s got a $22.5 million contract. Dating back to May 1 he’s thrown 17 innings with a 6.75 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio, blowing three saves, taking three losses, and allowing opponents to hit .361.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    When pressed to clarify what he meant by “less stressful” situations, Mattingly replied: “When we have a double-digit lead against the Mets, Cubs or Marlins with the wind blowing in. And it’s a Tuesday.”

  2. Anoesis - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    West coast doom!

  3. andreweac - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Just another Ned Colletti special. Who in the world thought giving this clown baseball’s highest payroll to play with was a good idea. The contracts of Jason Schmidt, Juan Uribe, Eithier, Harang, Capuano…

    • specialkindofstupid - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Don’t forget Andruw Jones. And Juan Pierre. And…

      • jya87 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Are we leaving out how he released Kevin Gregg earlier this year? That 1.11 ERA over 25 appearances would have been nice to have.

      • mazblast - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        In all fairness, a few of those contracts seemed reasonable at the time. Also in fairness, most of those contracts mentioned are over.

        What galls me (even as someone with no love for the Dodgers) is that Colletti never learns from his mistakes, yet keeps his job. “Experience is a wonderful teacher, it teaches you to recognize mistakes when you repeat them” is supposed to be a JOKE.

        Enjoy another 2.5 years of that League contract, LA fans.

  4. vanindeed - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    This was apparent years ago with the Jays

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