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Bradley tossed again, Wakamatsu defends

Mar 20, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

bradley headshot.JPGThings could be going better for new Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley, who was ejected for a second time in three days Friday night after exchanging words with home plate umpire Jon Merry following a questionable called third strike. 

Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu immediately came to the defense of his outfielder, and seems to think umpires are targeting Bradley specifically.  Here’s what he told the Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker after Friday’s 2-6 Cactus League loss to the Reds:

“To me, it’s almost like a witch hunt,” said Wak. “I mean, it’s almost embarrassing to me when egos get involved to the point where they don’t
even give a guy a chance. … Again, I think it’s pretty blatant that some guys have it out for him.”

The conspiracy talk may be overdoing it, but it’s pretty evident that Bradley’s reputation is going to leave him with little leeway in arguments no matter the jersey he is wearing.  He needs to be careful this season, because we’re sure Wakamatsu and the rest of the Mariners’ management team will quickly tire of defending his actions.  Bradley, 31, batted .257/.378/.397 last season for the Cubs.  He’s just one year removed from a career-best .321/.436/.563 batting line.

  1. Randall - Mar 20, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    That’s what happens when you make yourself the biggest pain in the ass in baseball. Seattle knew what it was getting, and they got it.

  2. dp - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    This guy is trouble, his reputation precedes him.(someone explain to him what that means) I feel his best fit would be prison, he’d be in his proper element there. As Randall said he’s a pain in everyone’s ass.

  3. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Guess us Cubs fans are still in his head :/

  4. Twins Mama - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    What were the umps to do? Keep him in and let him argue until he decides to throw a punch instead? They knew who they were dealing with.

  5. Amazin' Mess - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Degree to which (witch) this guy puts himself on a cross and plays the victim is comical. You hear about how “intelligent” this guy is, but he lacks the smarts to do things the right way and have any level of self control. M’s will regret this just like the prior 7 teams he’s played for…

  6. JRB - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I know he’s a hot head, but at the same time, I’d like to see video to know whether his complaint had merit or not. Everyone knows the umps aren’t as impartial as we would like them to be, so let’s see the video and let people make their own conclusions.

  7. RBI75 - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Someone needs to tell Milton to shut his mouth and just play baseball. It doesn’t matter if he’s right or wrong. You make millions to play baseball not argue. No one wants to hear you complain. Take your strikes and sit down. You is better off batting .275 with 100 strike outs than trying to talk back at the umps. It’s clearly not working you his favor. Hey Milton. Just shut your Mouth and you do fine!

  8. What the...? - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    “Keep him in and let him argue until he decides to throw a punch instead?”
    Ahhhh. A preemptive ejection. Why not save time and eject him as he pulls into the team parking lot?

  9. eloc - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    umm yes he is a hot head problem but he didnt say a word and just dropped the bat. you really think he deserves to be throw out for that?

  10. Indians Fan - Mar 20, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Blame Eric Wedge. He had the nerve to make him run out a fly ball.

  11. Old gator - Mar 21, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Maybe Bud Light could make the Bradley Toss an allstar game event in which the umpires could compete for a change. And why not? He’s larded down the game with so many other cockamamie ideas, hardly anyone would blink.

  12. Defender - Mar 23, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the rule that arguing balls and strikes is an automatic ejection? Now, the first ejection he received, he said nothing and looked like he really thought there were 3 outs (as he claimed). He gets tossed. In another game I saw on TV the next day, a player from another team (I honestly can’t remember which one) got called strike 3 for the third out, dropped his bat in place, opened his batting gloves and walked away. No ejection. That seems like getting tossed for being Milton Bradley. However, the second occasion, if you are arguing the call, you are supposed to get tossed. Of course, this isn’t universally applied these days and tossing him may not really have been warranted – I don’t know, I didn’t see it. As for telling him to shut up and play – do you think that when any other player complains about a call? A-Rod? Mauer? Be honest with yourself when you answer that. Sure, Mr. Bradley has a reputation, but that doesn’t mean he has to play by a different set of rules than the rest of the league.

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