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Hey, Milwaukee Brewers: It’s Time to Free Keon Broxton

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Mar 11, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton (60) in the first inning during a spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton (60) in the first inning during a spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Milwaukee Brewers have Keon Broxton in a between a rock and a hard place.

I was a sophomore in high school when I was first introduced to Bob Dylan. I had always listened to music made before my time, so much so, that my friends would often tell me, “You were born in the wrong decade.”

Indeed, that’s how I felt when I listened to the music of the 60’s. Then rationality struck one day, in-between another hypnotic guitar riff from Jerry Garcia –I could have been drafted, Civil Rights were barely established, and Richard Nixon would soon become president.

And yet, here I am, listening to Bob Dylan wax poetic about a failed relationship in To Ramona, and I’m thinking about Keon Broxton.

Called up four days ago when Domingo Santana was placed on the DL, he has but two at-bats since then, and I don’t understand why.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has done an admirable job in center field, and I’m not advocating he be benched for Keon Broxton. In fact, his success on the field only increases his trade value, which I’m all for since it will help the Milwaukee Brewers down the road.

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I was hoping–with Domingo Santana sidelined–that we’d see Keon Broxton starting at least 75% of the time in right field. After all, what do the Milwaukee Brewers have to lose except, well, lose?

Instead, we’ve seen a heavy dose of Ramon Flores. He’s also a young player, just 24, but I do have to wonder why he seems to get a longer leash than Keon Broxton. Maybe the Milwaukee Brewers feel they’re protecting him by not placing him out there everyday, maybe Ramon Flores is more mature, or maybe it’s a reason I haven’t even thought of.

Admittedly, I have a bias here, but I want to see this young man get a legitimate shot in the majors. Much like Dylan in To Ramona, I don’t want to see this end up as a failed relationship.

Keon Broxton was coming off an impressive stretch in Colorado Springs, so why not keep a hot bat in the lineup? Why not-

“I’d forever talk to you
But soon my words
They would turn into a meaningless ring,” I hear Dylan sing.

I sigh and nod my head in agreement; I know the feeling.

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