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Milton Bradley: 'Everyone gets him wrong'

Dec 22, 2009, 2:29 AM EDT

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times found some people to say some nice things about new Seattle Mariner Milton Bradley, and it seems the man Lou Piniella called a “piece of s***” might not be so foul after all.

“Everyone gets him wrong, man,” said reliever Eddie Guardado, who was a Texas teammate of Bradley’s during his best (and least disruptive) season, when the switch-hitter led the American League with a .999 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in 2008.

“To the media, he’s not very outgoing, very quiet. But by no means is he a distraction in the clubhouse. He’s ready to play every day. He’s different, no doubt. I got along with him great; a lot of guys got along with him great. He’s a good asset to that team [the Mariners]. Milton can flat-out hit.”

I was thinking of making a crack about Tiger Woods hiring Guardado to handle his PR, but the story doesn’t end with Guardado.

Former Padres GM Kevin Towers, Padres manager Bud Black, and former A’s manager Ken Macha all praised Bradley, too.

Even Piniella concedes that Seattle might be a good fit for Bradley, especially with Ken Griffey Jr., a player Bradley admires, on the team.

Of course there are plenty of people around baseball not buying any of this. So where do you fall? Can Bradley turn over a new leaf, or should we just start the meltdown clock now?

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  1. Eat a Peach - Dec 22, 2009 at 5:28 AM

    He’s a good guy with some very bad, very publicized days. On the days in between meltdowns he plays hardnosed, passionate baseball. Lou Pinella has probably called his best friends pieces of shit a hundred times each. By the way – Lou and Milton understood each other all too well. Lou is also a good guy with some very bad days.
    The biggest problem they both have is that they’re under the microscope 24-7 with the new multimedia news circus. What sort of guy do you think Ty Cobb would be painted as by this bloodthirsty new gang of digital media pirates?

  2. Wade Baker - Dec 22, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Such excuse-making.
    If it looks like shit, smells like shit,………………..

  3. willmose - Dec 22, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Bradley is a high maintenance player. Probably higher maintenance than he is worth. Still, he is a good player. The Cubs problem was that they had no plan to handle Bradley when trouble began. The Cubs may have told Milton don’t do that again. My guess is that the Seattle FO will be pro-active with Bradley and have a plan to get the most out of him. Their plan may not work, but I know they won’t sit back and say, “Milton Bradley won’t a problem” except for PR releases.

  4. ecp - Dec 22, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    ….hands over ears chanting “la la la la la la”….

  5. runningamuck - Dec 22, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Bradley played the race card in the media in Chicago;
    Funny, Billy Williams, Andre Dawson and Sammy Sosa, right fielders as Bradley was,last I looked, they were of darker skin color, heck 2 of them were black, and endeared by the fans at Wrigley Field.
    If Bradley was blind, who would he hate then !!
    Good luck Seattle, we get you trash, you get ours !!!

  6. Omega in Colorado - Dec 22, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Maybe they are thinking about another Milton Bradley?
    I thought if anyone in baseball could get Bradley to behave and play well with others it would be Pinella, guess I was wrong on that one.
    It is a shame that the Mariners decided to derail what was shaping up to be one helluva off-season and possible regular season by bringing in this do-do-do-do-whackado.

  7. Richie - Dec 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Everyone focuses on the Cubs and forgets that the situation was just fine (or at least appeared so) in Texas. The Mariners knew what they had in Silva (i.e. nothing), so hoping they get the Texas version of Bradley is an excellent gamble worth taking.

  8. Sven-Erik - Dec 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    I wasn’t on the team, I don’t know what it was like inside the Cubs clubhouse last season, maybe it was awful with Bradley around. But, I know that it wasn’t because of Bradley that they didn’t make the playoffs.
    If a relief pitcher can be called in baseball jargon, a “fireman”, you could call the Cubs bullpen “arsonists”.
    They blew game after game. I watched the Cubs here in Europe on ESPN America, the bullpen was awful. That’s what lost it, Bradley had nothing to do with that. Had the bullpen done it’s job, Bradley would have been entertaining.

  9. Oldtimer - Dec 23, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Mr. Bradley is a fantastic talent who is suffering some real problems with his visibility as a professional athlete. The lesson here is that Milton will not be given even the slightest “benefit of the doubt” concerning his conduct, wherever he goes. If he is successful in Seattle, it will be because he is kept in the background, as much as possible. Real shame he made the mistake of characterising Chicagoans as racists. Idiotic comment, and one that will haunt him through the rest of his career.

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