MILTON BRADLEY: FIRST YEAR WITH CUBS HAS BEEN A DISASTER
Disgruntled outfielder Milton Bradley has been suspended by the Chicago Cubs for the rest of the season.
Bradley took himself out of the Cubs lineup Saturday, claiming a sore knee. He then proceeded to trash the city of Chicago and Cubs fans, wrapping up what has been a miserable season. Said Bradley,
“You understand why they haven’t won in 100 years here…It’s not a positive environment.”
Cubs GM Jim Hendry, in turn, unloaded on Bradley,
“The last few days became too much for me to tolerate…The only real negativity here is his own production.”
Ouch! Those comments are from the guy who personally went to dinner with Bradley this offseason then gave him a three-year $30 million free agent contract. The Bradley signing was the only move made by the Cubs this offseason. It came while the team’s parent company was in financial distress. The Cubs money problems caused them to let fan-favorite third baseman Mark DeRosa go this offseason after winning the A.L. Central in 2007 and 2008. It also prevented them from adding front line pitcher Jake Peavy from the Padres. Instead, Hendry put all his eggs in the Millton Bradley basket. Bad move.
Bradley hit .321 with the Texas Rangers last season. This year he was batting .257 with just 12 homers and a paltry 47 RBI despite batting in the middle of the previously powerful Cubs lineup. Bradley essentially replaced DeRosa who hit .285 21-87 and was a WAY better human being. Even Cubs players lined up to take shots at Bradley following his suspension. Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster advised Bradley to “look in the mirror.”
Bradley also commited the ultimate sin-insulting the Cubs loyal fan base. That turned out to be the third rail in his Cubs career. The team is expected to try to move Bradley this offseason (although he still has $20 million remaining on his contract.)
CUBS FANS WON’T HAVE MILTON BRADLEY TO KICK AROUND ANY MORE