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Milton Bradley gets benched, gets angry

May 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

Milton Bradley strikes out.jpgMilton Bradley returned to the cleanup spot last night after a few weeks either hurt or batting elsewhere. He went 0 for 3, and struck out looking twice.  After the second one, Don Wakamatsu lifted him from the game.

Whether Bradley’s benching was to save him from himself — Bradley, you may be shocked to learn, was not happy with the umpire — or to save the Mariners from his ineptitude is unclear.  What is clear, however, is that he was angry about it.  Indeed, according to Gregg Bell of the Associated press “multiple Mariners” said Bradley’s mindset was “not
good” after the game. The Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker reports that Bradley’s frustration was about the benching, not about his bad night at the plate.  He apparently threw stuff all over the dugout after he was taken out of the game.

Neither Baker nor Bell suggest that there was anything exchanged between Wakamatsu and Bradley, but both note that he wasn’t in the clubhouse after the game.  Perhaps, like Eric Byrnes before him, he got on his bike and rode.

If this keeps up he may have something else in common with Eric Byrnes: unemployment.

  1. Xpensive Wino - May 5, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Ah, here we go again………it’s everyone else’s fault and everyone else is crazy and Milty is just fine.
    Why do teams keep bringing this volatile and disruptive lunatic into their organizations? He’s not only a cancer and negative presence in the clubhouse, but who in their right mind would not be fearful this psychotic would just go completely nuts one day and go completely off the deep end. Umpires must be scared to death of the guy.
    He should not be allowed to play again until he’s had a complete psychiatric evaluation. He’s a danger to himself and those around him. We’re not talking about isolated incidents here and there. This guy is not wired right in his head and he’s proven it again and again over the course of years.

  2. Xpensive Wino - May 5, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Ah, here we go again………it’s everyone else’s fault and everyone else is crazy and Milty is just fine.
    Why do teams keep bringing this volatile and disruptive lunatic into their organizations? He’s not only a cancer and negative presence in the clubhouse, but who in their right mind would not be fearful this psychotic would just go completely nuts one day and go completely off the deep end. Umpires must be scared to death of the guy.
    He should not be allowed to play again until he’s had a complete psychiatric evaluation. He’s a danger to himself and those around him. We’re not talking about isolated incidents here and there. This guy is not wired right in his head and he’s proven it again and again over the course of years.

  3. Motherscratcher - May 5, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

  4. Jonny5 - May 5, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    “He apparently threw stuff all over the dugout after he was taken out of the game.”
    Oh well of course he did, dang cut this guy slack will ya??? I mean everyone knows the dugout is racist and said bad stuff about his kid. Life is so unfair!

  5. Gelardia - May 5, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Bradley has the maturity of a Little Leaguer, in a lot of cases, even less.

  6. BC - May 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I’m soooooo bummed. Really was looking forward to a good sound byte on this one.

  7. Ridelights - May 5, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    It’s sad that such a talented player as Bradley has these mental issues. He has such a good year in 2008 with Texas that it appeared he might have turned the corner. He turned the corner, alright, and fell right over the cliff….
    It’s too bad.

  8. jaided - May 5, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    U KIDDING ME!!!!!……this guy

  9. ecp - May 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Think the M’s would just flat-out release him? When they have to pay him a total of $21 million for this year and next? And they also sent $9 million to the Cubs in the deal to induce them to take Silva off their hands?
    (What a fun challenge trade this has been!)

  10. jaided - May 5, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    U KIDDING ME!!!!…..this guy

  11. jaided - May 5, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    waste of talent

  12. Morgan W - May 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    How is it possible one man can be so soooooo wrong???? (Cubs GM that is)

  13. Jack Meoffer - May 5, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    He should be released once and for all and not picked up again. He will blow through all his money and will be on the streets because he is such a nut case. I don’t feel bad for him at all.

  14. Joey B - May 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    It would be interesting to resurrect the old Bradley threads. There were so many people in here defending Bradley, saying basically that this was all about race. About how Chicago was racist, and how beloved Bradley was at the other 7 teams he played for.
    Not blaming Jack Z exactly, since he’d have likely cut Silva anyway, but GMs have to start paying more attention to character.

  15. froggy - May 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    This dude needs an intervention, not another employer.
    I am constantly amazed baseball won’t do something to help this guy. He clearly needs it.

  16. Xao - May 5, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    When you’re the Mariner’s GM you have to pay attention to anyone who might be able to make more than feeble contact with a pitched ball. Getting Bradley for Silva was an absolute no-brainer for the M’s, and one flameout in the dugout doesn’t invalidate that.
    He is what we thought he was: a volatile, potentially potent bat in a lineup woefully bereft of hitting prowess. His antics with fans have won him some leeway with the Mariner faithful for the moment, though we can see why folks with other rooting interests might not appreciate them!

  17. ed-dough - May 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Look out Seattle…Milton will brand the whole city racist unless he starts doing better.

  18. Joey B - May 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    “Milton Bradley is one of the only players in baseball who seems to understand that his purpose is to entertain.”
    From the article. I haven’t seen a lot of MB, but he just doesn’t strike me someone who is really into entertaining.
    Now, if you were to arm him with a Taser, and let him jump into the stands, that I’d pay for.

  19. Xao - May 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    “I haven’t seen a lot of MB, but he just doesn’t strike me someone who is really into entertaining.”
    So perhaps it’s worth weighting the opinions of the folks who do watch him on a regular basis a bit more heavily? How many headlines do think Bradley garners for acts like getting a second baseball to toss to a Mariner fan at a road game? I get it, he’s an easy target, and he doesn’t make it any easier on himself with scenes like last night’s, but doesn’t it behoove us to move beyond the simplistic “Bradley Baaaad” meme that dominates lazy sportswriting?
    I’m not calling Craig out here: last night’s explosion was newsworthy, particularly in light of MB’s history. Using it to paint the man as a “violent and disruptive lunatic” or a future street person, as commenters here have done just strikes me as a bit of a stretch. It’s not like we’ve never seen successful major leaguers throw the occassional tantrum before…

  20. Joey B - May 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    “So perhaps it’s worth weighting the opinions of the folks who do watch him on a regular basis a bit more heavily?”
    I agree. I based my assessment on what I’ve read about his stays at Montreal, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Texas, and Chicago. After all, how can you upset people living in Seattle?

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