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Survivor: Milton Bradley

Posted on: September 20, 2009 10:27 pm

The next baseball team that takes a chance with Milton Bradley is, unquestionably, the stupidest team in the game.

There comes a day when a guy has to look in the mirror.

For Bradley, that day should have been, oh, like sometime back in 2002 or 2003.

The list of teams that now has chased him away numbers five: Cleveland, the Dodgers, Oakland, San Diego and the Cubs.

Five down, 25 to go.

He got into it with manager Eric Wedge in Cleveland. Engaged in a bitter public spat with Jeff Kent in Los Angeles. Turned on Oakland general manager Billy Beane. Ripped up his knee when Padres manager Bud Black tried to keep him away from an umpire (in that one, the umpire, Mike Winters, crossed the line in baiting him).

He behaved so badly in Chicago that manager Lou Piniella chased him into the clubhouse and called him a "piece of s---" earlier this summer. Then Cubs general manager Jim Hendry suspended him for the season on Sunday after his me-against-the-world comments to a suburban Chicago newspaper.

"You understand why they haven't won in 100 years here," Bradley told the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights in what should be his farewell comments to the game. "It's just not a positive environment. I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment ... It's just negativity."

The next time anybody attaches the words "stable" and "healthy" to Bradley will be a first.

He is an intelligent, articulate man.

But on good days he needs professional help, and on bad days he is a reprehensible human being.

He's out of excuses. Those chips on his shoulder? At times in the past he's expressed bitterness that he's always having to prove himself.

Well, the Cubs took that last excuse away when they signed him to the three-year, $30 million deal. It was his first multi-year contract. No more proving himself. He was valued and loved. What he owed them was hard work and gratitude.

But he couldn't even do that. And now another team is burned.

No way the Cubs can bring him back now. He's embarrassed the organization, made enemies in the clubhouse, backstabbed teammates who had his back for far too long and essentially flipped Chicago fans the middle finger.

Worst free agent contract of the year.

Now the Cubs are going to have to eat all or part of the $23 million remaining ($9 million in 2010, $13 million in 2011).

Part of it if they can find another team stupid enough to welcome a toxic player into their clubhouse.

All of it if they can't.

Good luck with that.

Likes: Playoffs starting, two weeks from Tuesday.

Dislikes: Looks like the last part of Tiger Stadium is going to be torn down on Monday. Man, that and Ernie Harwell's illness is almost too much to bear.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"You see the world through your cynical eyes
"You're a troubled young man I can tell
"You've got it all in the palm of your hand
"But your hand's wet with sweat and your head needs a rest
"You're foolin' yourself if you don't believe it
"You're kidding yourself if you don't believe"

-- Styx, Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)


Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2009 11:26 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

cubsblow, I think you are wrong on this one. Milton Bradley was suspended for about 100 things, this was just the last straw. I am a Cardinal fan and when the Cubs signed Bradley and let DeRosa go I was thrilled, I didn't think it would work out, but I had no idea it would be this bad. Bradley is an idiot and he is not the only problem the Cubs have, but he is a big problem, they should have tried to unload him earlier in the year before this blow up. I really don't know who will take him, but I'm sure the Cubs will have to pay his entire salary and they will get nothing for him. I do know there is no way he can ever play in Chicago again, the fans who are very forgiving will never let this go. I would say Bartman has a better chance for forgiveness than Milton Bradley, and rightfully so.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 11:18 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

What in the world are you talking about???  What comment from Bradley was accurate?  He is a 'me first' player that was given plenty of chances to succeed, but when he struggled this year, instead of trying harder and admitting to some of his imperfections, he acts like it is everyone else's fault that he had an awful season.

The Cubs have not won a World Series in 101 years, but this was a team that had won back to back NL Central Division titles and goes to the play-offs (albeit it with limited success) every few years.  The climate is not one of losers, it's a blue-collar town that expects its players to give 100%, and combine humility/accessibility/honesty.&nbs
p; The minute a player gets bigger than the team and the team fails, the player is done.

Milton Bradley is a petulant child, trapped in the body of an adult.  When he is insecure, he lashes out and blames the world around him rather than being a man - accepting the good and bad of a situation.

Good riddance.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 11:13 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Congratulations, you show the same stupidity and ignorance as milton bradley. Cubsblow? You blow. I'm sure of it. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 11:08 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Scapegoat my ass. This guy has been an idiot since day one. Shame on Jim Hendry for bringing this cancer into the clubhouse. thatguy - you obviously must BE Milton Bradley. Nobody with any intelligence would make a comment like that. 

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2009 11:07 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

It would be hard to believe, with the new owners, the Cubs eating the remaining of money of Milton Bradley's contract.  But it will be a test just to see what this new organization tends to due with the North siders.  The other scenario is the season ends, Lou Pinella and Jim Hendry sit down with Bradley and try to work things out, I should have said worst case.  Either way it's got to be tough decision not mentiioning an impact on the rest of the players.  Or let the rest of the team take him out to the wood shed and give him an old fashion come to Jesus talk.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2009 10:40 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Don't worry Obama will bail out Milton Bradley.. He will invite him over for a beer and all the other Klu Klux Klan Chicago The white house will look like Wrigley Field after that party. Well, at least the cubs would get to go to the white house for once.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 10:00 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

It's a sad day when someone gets suspended from their job for merely speaking the truth.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 9:53 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

UK, try a little decaf.  You're an idiot.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 9:52 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Having been a Cub fan for four decades, Miilton Bradley is clearly not the only problem.  However, let's be honest here.  If he wasn't such a bad guy, he could have been ok here.  Cub fans are willing to forgive, but Bradley wants no part of it.  He blames EVERYONE but himself.  Exactly what part of Bradley's comments were dead on?  Please, enlighten me. 

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 9:01 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Before the season started, many questioned this signing. What did the Cubs need with an "outfielder"/DH who can't stay healthy for a whole season? Then add in that it's Milton "Meltdown" Bradley and you really scratch your head. Even as a White Sox fan, I wondered what they were thinking.

Fast forward to the end of the season. Now, is it Jim Hendry finally taking a stand in dealing with malcontent Milton or is it Hendry seeing an opportunity to change perception from this being a bad signing by him to Milton is just a bad guy or is it somewhere in between?

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