Tag:Milton Bradley
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 8:18 am
 

Report: Milton Bradley arrested for felony

Bradley KING 5 Sports has learned that Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley has been arrested on a felony in Los Angeles County.

There is no other information available. Bradley recently finished up his first season in Seattle by hitting just .205/.292/.348 in 278 plate appearances, struggling with personal issues that necessitated a leave of absence from the club. Bradley is notorious for being a difficult person to get along with, but had yet to have off-the-field issues that became public... until now.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that L.A. police have confirmed Bradley was arrested for violating California penal code 422, which involves a "criminal threat" to cause harm to another person.

UPDATE : Baker adds that the threat was made against a female, and Bradley was arrested at his home at 10:40 a.m. PST. He was released on $50,000 bail.

While Bradley appears to have not done anything, a threat can be enough for arrest as the code reveals

Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family's safety shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik released a statement Tuesday evening, but didn't shed much new light on the incident:

"After reaching Milton Bradley's representatives tonight I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles. While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very seriously. We are in the process of determining the full circumstances of what occurred today. Until we have more information, we will not be able to comment further."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 17, 2011 5:07 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Who can win the AL West?

CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler took a look at the Athletics and whether the club can be contenders in the AL West after importing Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes to bolster the bullpen.

The answer? Oakland is close to contention, but isn't quite there.

A bullpen that ranks as one of the five best entering spring training will pair with a young, dynamic rotation and improved offense with the additions of David DeJesus and Josh Willingham -- even if the offense may still fall short of being taken seriously. Oakland is beginning to emerge as a popular sleeper pick and should be in the thick of the race, but how do the other teams in the division stack up?

Seattle Mariners

BradleyThe Mariners have been quiet this offseason with minimal money to spare. The only significant acquisition the club made was importing Miguel Olivo to catch, although Jack Cust was also added to the team and should get some at-bats at DH.

The Mariners will be banking on bounceback years from Milton Bradley (pictured) and Chone Figgins as well as Erik Bedard staying healthy for a full season out of the rotation. Seattle is in a retooling process with Justin Smoak at first and rookie Dustin Ackley eventually taking over second base. The only chance they have of being relevant in the division late in the year is playing a spoiler role.

Los Angeles Angels

DownsThe Angels' offseason has been nothing short of awful, whiffing on every premier free agent after owner Arte Moreno declared they would be heavy players. Carl Crawford landed in Boston while the club dragged its feet on Adrian Beltre and saw him wind up in Texas. Now, the Angels have a roster eerily similar to the one that finished 80-82.

Oh, excuse me -- they signed lefties Scott Downs (pictured) and Hisanori Takahashi to pitch out of the bullpen. That's not nearly enough to change this team's prognosis as a .500 team. Kendry Morales returning to first base will do a lot, but this is a team on paper that will need a whole lot of luck to hang with Texas and Oakland.

Texas Rangers

BeltreThe reigning AL champions may have lost Cliff Lee, but they made up for it by adding Adrian Beltre to man third. In one fell swoop, they significantly upgraded the infield defense (which the pitchers will certainly appreciate) and ensured their offense wouldn't take a hit with Vladimir Guerrero's foray into free agency. No, Cliff Lee is no longer a Ranger and the rotation looks a bit suspect, but they are still a cut above any other team.

What Texas needs to happen in the rotation is for C.J. Wilson to prove he wasn't a fluke in a successful conversion from reliever, for Tommy Hunter to emerge as an innings-eating stalwart in the middle of the rotation and for Colby Lewis to continue his successful return from Japan. The Rangers need Scott Feldman to bounce back from a 7-11, 5.48 ERA year and return to his 17-8, 4.08 mark from 2009 and for Brandon Webb to finally brush off the injuries that have plagued him the past two seasons in order to round out the rotation.

The Rangers should be able to win the division, but Oakland could push them especially if the Rangers' rotation falls apart. It's difficult to envision the Angels as a factor -- too much has to go right -- and the Mariners aren't close to contending.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 1:57 pm
 

Yankees called on King Felix

Felix Hernandez It looked like just a bunch of "what if" speculation after the Yankees missed out on Cliff Lee, but Jon Heyman of SI.com reports via Twitter than the Yankees really did call the Mariners to inquire about the trade availability of Felix Hernandez. Brian Cashman then called Brad Pitt and asked whether Angelina Jolie was available.

OK, that second part is unconfirmed, but the first part is real. Predictably, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told the Yankees that King Felix was "absolutely not" available, presumably while trying not to laugh. On Wednesday, Zduriencik told Heyman by text message that "I have no interest in trading Felix."

The Seattle fan base is hanging by a thread, and trading Hernandez would cause a riot no matter what the Mariners got back. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times suggested the following return package as a starting point for talks: Phil Hughes, Robinson Cano, Jesus Montero, another player, and the Yankees taking Milton Bradley and his black hole of a contract. The Yankees would never do that, and the Mariners probably couldn't accept any less for a 24-year-old reigning Cy Young winner with four years left on his contract, so it's really a moot point. It's not happening.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Umpires set for Series

Gary Darling So, while betting on the World Series, why not take odds on which umpire is going to become a household name this Fall Classic with a blown call?

The Associated Press reports Sam Holbrook, Bill Miller, John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff Kellogg are the umpiring crew for the World Series.

Holbrook and Miller are umpiring in the World Series for the first time, but my (imaginary) money's on Darling (pictured).

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been had two run-ins with Darling. In 2008, Darling called a balk against Tim Lincecum to bring home the go-ahead run in a game against the Rockies just as Bengie Molina called timeout. Darling seemed to raise his hands to call the timeout, but then called the balk. Bochy was ejected after arguing.

Last season, Darling ejected Bochy in the second inning of a game against the Dodgers and then ejected bench coach Ron Wotus in the ninth inning of the same game.

This season, Orioles first baseman Ty Wigginton was suspended and fined after arguing a call botched by Darling. Darling admitted after the game that he missed the call.

Hirschbeck was behind the plate for Roy Halladay's no-hitter, and was criticized by the Reds' Orlando Cabrera for his strike zone.

Winters is best known as the umpire that Milton Bradley was arguing with when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2007.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:28 am
 

Bradley surprisingly supports Wedge hiring

Milton Bradley 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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Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 5:32 pm
 

R.I.P. Mariners: From hopeful to hapless

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Seattle Mariners.

A new day seemed to have dawned for the Mariners as 2010 approached.

The 2009 season had brought a winning record and a 24-win improvement over the previous year. General manager Jack Zduriencik had added to the offense and stunned baseball by bringing in ace Cliff Lee, who would create a devastating 1-2 punch with Felix Hernandez atop the rotation.

Many in the media picked Seattle as the favorites in the American League West, and if they made it to the postseason with Lee and Hernandez , well, anything could happen.

Oops. Instead of a playoff contender, the Mariners were the worst team in the AL, and featured the least productive offense fielded by any team in the designated-hitter era. After 101 losses, Zduriencik’s master plan was left in shambles.

A National League talent evaluator who watched the Mariners late in the season told ESPN’s Buster Olney “That is the worst group of position players I have ever seen. They make the Pirates look like the '27 Yankees.''

So, yeah, it’s that bad.

WHAT WENT WRONG

What didn’t? They had injuries, poor performances, internal strife and became almost painful for fans to watch as they flailed at the plate.

Seattle scored a horrific 513 runs, 100 fewer than the next-worst AL offense and 75 less than the 105-loss Pirates. It was the lowest full-season run total for a team since the 1971 Padres. Apart from Ichiro Suzuki’s .315, none of the regulars batted above .259.

Milton Bradley, who was supposed to provide the power punch Seattle was lacking, played in just 73 games. He walked out on the team in the middle of a game, went for counseling and said he contemplated suicide.  He didn’t play after July 26 due to a knee problem.

Ken Griffey Jr., the greatest player not only in the history of the Mariners but the history of the city, batted .184 and became so disgusted with his playing time and his performance that he left Seattle without warning in June, reportedly not even calling to let the team know he was gone until he’d hit Montana.

Chone Figgins instigated a dugout scrum by going after manager Don Wakamatsu during a game. Figgins wasn’t disciplined, never even apologized, and Wakamatsu walked the plank three weeks later.

The Mariners traded Cliff Lee in July, and the can’t-miss prospect they got, Justin Smoak, has mostly missed. Another prospect in the deal, Josh Lueke, turned out to have a serious legal problem the team might or might not have known about.

And that’s just a sampling. Basically, this season was an unqualified disaster.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Well, there was Hernandez and Ichiro and … uh … give me a minute …

By far the highlight was Hernandez putting on an exhibition in domination just about every five days. He led the AL in ERA, innings, quality starts, fewest hits per nine innings, and finished one behind in strikeouts. The shame of it was that he managed just 13 wins, and his offense probably cost him the Cy Young. But he was a pleasure to watch.

Felix Hernandez Ichiro quietly led the league in hits, amassing his 10th 200-hit season in 10 years, the first player in history to do it 10 times in a row.

The Mariners got some promising pitching from Jason Vargas and relievers David Aardsma and Brandon League.

HELP ON THE WAY

On the bright side, the Mariners got ample chance to see their up-and-coming players, looking like a Triple-A team on some days in the second half.

Smoak has all the tools, and there remains optimism that he will put it together. Infielder Dustin Ackley, the second pick in the 2009 draft, is developing, and the Mariners are excited about pitcher Michael Pineda.

But other than Ackley and Pineda, all the young players with the potential to impact the big-league club in the next several years got a shot this season. None of it exactly wowed the Mariners, but there is some hope.
 
EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

One thing is for sure: They’re not going to fool anyone into thinking they’re contenders again next year. This has been exposed as a team that’s a very long way from contending, and despite a respectable payroll, there’s so much of it tied up in Ichiro, Bradley and Figgins that they will be limited in how much outside help they can get.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Beyond Ichiro and Hernandez, you have to think the Mariners will consider nothing sacred in their system with the possible exception of Ackley.

The Mariners need help pretty much everywhere. They’re not that “one player away” team that can go grab a couple of high-priced veterans and think it will make a difference. Zduriencik and his staff will have to work smart, and abandon the notion that defense and pitching are enough.

One suggestion I’d make is for the team to emphasize character and chemistry. By all accounts the atmosphere around the Mariners was toxic from early on this year, from the clubhouse to the front office, and it was a factor in the team collapsing when things got tough instead of pulling it together. Giving Figgins a free pass for attacking his manager sent a terrible message, and allowing the situation with Griffey to deteriorate the way it did was embarrassing.

Start with a manager who is going to demand accountability, and give him the best tools you can find to work with.

2011 PREDICTION

It’s probably not going to get a lot better in Seattle next season. The good news, if you can call it that, is that it doesn’t have a lot of room to get worse, either.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. teams here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 6:13 pm
 

Silva scratched, could be done

Carlos Silva
Cubs right-hander Carlos Silva, roughed up last week in his return from a stint on the disabled list with a heart issue, has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start with an elbow strain.

Silva missed more than a month after he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and underwent a minor surgical procedure. He made only two rehab starts and might have been rushed back when the Cubs needed a replacement for the injured Tom Gorzelanny. The Astros scored six times against him in five innings last Tuesday.

Silva was one of the surprise stories of the early season, winning his first eight starts in Chicago after being traded for Milton Bradley in a bad-contract swap. Silva is 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA on the season, and even if he never throws another pitch, the Cubs still are the unquestioned victors in that trade.

The Cubs are out of contention, have 19 games left and a clubhouse full of callups they can put on the mound. There's no reason to risk anything with Silva, so it would be no surprise for them to shut him down.

Jeff Samardzija, who went 11-3 at Triple-A this season, will take Silva's start Monday in St. Louis.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 9:11 pm
 

Fake press release jabs Cubs' Hendry

Jim Hendry In what appears to be a joke, it's doubtful the Cubs will be laughing.

The rest of us, well, sure. But, the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan reports someone put a fake press release in the game day press notes at Miller Park announcing a new book by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry called "How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League."

From Sullivan:
The release said: "Read in Jim Hendry's own words how the Chicago Cubs managed to finish near the bottom of the National League Central; Division with the highest payroll in the National League."

It also said the chapters included:

"Why I signed Milton Bradley!"

"Why I released Casey McGehee only to see him hit 20 home runs and drive in nearly 100 runs for a division rival!"

"Why I hired former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield, the man who helped make the Pirates what they are today, as my special assistant!"

"How I botched the recall of Micah Hoffpauir from our minor league team in Iowa by losing track of the number of days that he was in the minors!"

"Why I signed players to long-term contracts with limited trade options!"

The release ended with the sentence: "Reserve your copy today!"

Hendry is not in Milwaukee for the road trip. There has been no comment yet from the Cubs on the alleged joke.
UPDATE: A Brewers spokesman had this to say to Sullivan (via Twitter ): "It's an unfortunate incident ... a lousy attempt at a practice joke."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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