As soon as Eric Wedge was hired as the Mariners' manager, the focus turned to his relationship with Milton Bradley.
Bradley was traded from the Indians to the Dodgers before the 2004 season after a spring training incident with Wedge, then the Indians' manager.
Monday, Bradley texted the Seattle Times ' Larry Stone, writing , "Whatever took place was six or seven years ago and I'm over it."
Bradley also texted Stone: "He was a disciplinarian and I felt our team lacked discipline last year. Hopefully, he instills some of that."
Stone also did some homework looking into the incident of 2004 in a separate blog post . He digs up an old quote from Sports Illustrated in which Bradley said, "it was strictly a problem with Eric Wedge. Some people want to be bigger than they are. You have no credentials, you have no history of anything, how are you going to tell someone else what he needs to be doing? I can't respect somebody that has nothing to go on."
Bradley also allegedly wore a "F--- Eric Wedge" t-shirt with the Dodgers.
It will be interesting to see what Wedge has to say about the incident in his press conference on Tuesday, but he certainly already answered similar questions during the interview process. Bradley is owed $12 million for the last year of his contract in 2011, and would be difficult to trade without either eating a healthy bite of the contract or taking on another bad contract (which is how he ended up in Seattle). Stone notes Pittsburgh could be a match, not with a bad contract, but with a GM willing to put up with Bradley's crap in Neal Huntington, who was with Bradley in Montreal.
Bradley hit .205/.292/.348 with eight homers in 73 games after being swapped for Carlos Silva.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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