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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: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2009 6:32 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

What will be this time around; cheating on entrance exams, plane tix for players and or families, students taking tests for players or paying for playing baketball under Calipari. How long before UK is put under another probation?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:34 pm

Survivor: Milton Bradley

I love how the media took one line out of everything he said and makes it into a crucifixion of the Cubs organization. At least has enough class to post the full dialogue. What Milton Bradley said was the honest brutal truth that the Cubs organization and the naive fans needs to face and accept.

Quite many of your Cubs fans bickered all season about Pineilla's managing skills, how much Kevin Gregg SUCKS, Marmols inconsistency, Geovany Soto's huge lack of productivity and let's not forget Soto admitting he smokes maybe a little bit too much weed, Aaron Heilman's crap, the injury plagues to De. Lee and Soriano, and that crap Ching Hang Juang whatever his name is they signed to a ridiculous contract to sit on the bench. Then one guy says the truth and the whole city goes mad.

With all the problems and underachievement from several players, guess what your team is in 2ND PLACE. They could have easily won the division had not been for a few moves, but one very important move and that was getting rid of Kerry Wood.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:08 pm

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Andre Ethier for Whiner Bradley has to be one of the best all time trades.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 4:45 pm

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Is this the line to call thatguy a moron? Look, the Cubs did everything they could to make Milton happy. The team gave him three years when no one else offered more than two (and only one team offered two). Lou foolishly let Bradley practically determine where he wanted to hit in the order. When Bradley was hurt in the season and wanted to stay off the DL (so he would reach 75 games and his third year would vest) , the team obliged. And the fans tried to like him. Trust me, I go to enough games to know. But Bradley does not actually need a stable, positive environment. He thrives on chaos. Hatred is fuel for him, and whether the hate is aimed at him or coming from him does not matter. He just needs it around him. He is an amazingly bitter and spiteful little boy, and blaming 100 years of losing on the fans is stupid and irresponsible. Does he think that Hendry has been running things since 1908? The 100 years is not his fault, either.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2009 3:55 pm

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Like Hendry said  The negative thing was his production.  If you take his side your a piece of crap like him.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 3:18 pm

Survivor: Milton Bradley

You forgot to include his run in Texas - albeight a brief one.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 2:58 pm

Survivor: Milton Bradley

"The next time anybody attaches the words "stable" and "healthy" to Bradley will be a first." seriously????? did you not read that sentence? what does that mean? 

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 1:53 pm

Survivor: Milton Bradley

The Cubs have only themselves to blame.  Lie down with trash and you smell like trash and you become trash.  He was fine when he came through Salt Lake City a couple years back on an injury rehab assignment from Oakland, but nothing was going against him.  But he just can't ge3t along and even on a 25-man team it's tough to keep the negatives away from the positiives.

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 12:52 pm

Survivor: Milton Bradley

If you are an A's fan, what really hurts is that Billy Beane traded Andre Ethier to get Milton Bradley, and I don't want to hear that Bradley helped the A's get to the playoffs that year. His contribution was minimal. Just think what that good, young A's lineup would be like with Ethier and Nick Swisher batting third and fourth. Makes me sick. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 11:42 am

Survivor: Milton Bradley

I think poor Milton's quote was just taken out of context... I think he was probably referring to the fact that contracts like his are why the Cubs haven't won anything in 100 years (since a lot of you posters tend to jump to conclusions, I want to let you all know that I'm joking of course... we know what he meant).  But it can't be denied that pursuing a player like him as opposed to say Bobby Abreu or Raul Ibanez... players who go about their job quietly and put up solid numbers while staying (relatively) healthy... won't likely bode well for an organization in the short or long term.  Now unless they can do some serious negotiating with other teams, they're on the hook to waste money on him for two more years.  Hopefully Hendry will take a valuable lesson away from this.

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