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Report: Milton Bradley left stadium mid-game last night

May 5, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bradley headshot.JPGRemember this morning’s post about Milton Bradley getting benched, getting mad and not hanging around for the media after that?  Yeah, seems he didn’t even hang around for the end of the game. According to Mike Salk of ESPN 710 in Seattle, he Bradley left the team and the ballpark mid-game:

The Mariners appear to have a serious problem. Milton Bradley left
the team last night in the middle of the game. Bradley apparently left
after striking out looking in the sixth inning with the bases loaded.

According to a source, Bradley yelled at the umpire from the bench
before being told by Don Wakamatsu to cool it. Wakamatsu said that he
would handle the umpire himself. Bradley responded that someone had to
say something and that if Wak wouldn’t, then he would.

According to the source, a few minutes later Bradley walked back over to
the skipper and said, “I’m packing my stuff. I’m out of here.” And
then he left.

If true, this is the second time he’s quit on his team in less than a year.  It also is just the latest evidence in the overwhelming case against Milton Bradley being emotionally and psychologically equipped to play major league baseball.

Balls and strikes. That’s what led to this alleged blowup and temper tantrum. The calling of balls and strikes. It’s the most basic part of the game, and if Bradley can’t deal with that, he has no business on a major league roster.

If this report is accurate, the Mariners should cut him immediately and any other general manager who takes a chance on him should have his friggin’ head examined.

  1. eyebleaf - May 5, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    When it’s all said and done, I hope Milton allows for his brain to be donated to science.

  2. Will - May 5, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    It really is a shame, he’s got talent, but he obviously needs help. I hope he gets it.

  3. largebill - May 5, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    When it’s all said and done, I hope Milton allows for his brain to be donated to science.”
    Why? Does science need a door stop or a paper weight?

  4. HaloFan - May 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    From the LA Times:
    Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik said Bradley is still a member of the team. “Milton is part of what we’re doing,” he told me this morning. “Anything that happens between a manager and his players should be handled internally. Sometimes tempers flare over the course of a season. Wakamatsu thought it was time for Milton to come out.”

    So much for Jack Z cutting him.

  5. oompaloopma - May 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Jim Hendry looks like a genius, and he is smiling right now. However, the Cubs may pick him up because the need a really good excuse for the way they are playing right now.

  6. oompaloopma - May 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Thats a political answer, he will be cut by the end of this year.

  7. carlos - May 5, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    This will be the first real test for Coach Z. Good luck.

  8. HaloFan - May 5, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    I don’t doubt that. After things continue to pile up it’ll be easy to have enough ammunition down the road.
    I meant my comment in response to Craig’s assertion that the Mariners need to cut him immediately. They should, but it doesn’t appear they will.

  9. Spice - May 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Milton Bradley is a mentally disturbed young man. If he did not have the skills to play MLB he would be in an institution getting the help he needs. No joke intended here. He is ill. The teams keep giving him large amounts of money to play a game. As they making any effort to get him the therapy and (possibly) medications that he needs?. I doubt that he is able to recognize his need for help. Sad, really sad.

  10. Milton - May 5, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Hey, I was good before Chicago and Seattle, so it must be Chicago and Seattle, not me.

  11. Joey B - May 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Wasn’t so long ago that he had some supporters trying to explain it was the Chicago racists at work. They are now saturating this place with the sounds of silince.

  12. Xao - May 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    So, assuming that the Mariner front office had no idea that Bradley was an angry, angry man when they traded for him, and are so shocked and horrified by last night’s scene that they cut him, who would you recommend they replace him with?
    As I mentioned in the last Milton Bradley thread, he’s a known quantity. Zduriencik didn’t pick him up for his clubhouse influence, he did it because the Mariner offence projected to be a crime against humanity (though remarkably friendly to your local horsehide spheroid). If the M’s do cut him, it will be because he continues to hit like Betancourt, not because he has anger management issues.

  13. Jon - May 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    If he were to be cut at some point this season, does leaving the stadium during the game in any way nullify his contract? I mean, somewhere in his contract it has to state that you have to actually ATTEND THE GAMES, right?

  14. oompaloopma - May 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Milton needs to play in Japan where he can be God.

  15. Gadfly - May 5, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    I’d walk out to if the game got any slower. And more expensive. And silly.

  16. ecp - May 5, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    I still wonder if they would actually cut him while owing him $21 million for this season and next season, on top of the $9 million they already sent to the Cubs. And yeah, I believe a contract is somewhat loosely contingent on attendance, but it does not mandate that you have to be at every game. Players are often excused for various reasons and apparently the M’s are tolerating this incident according to what Zduriencik says in the linked article.

  17. Big Harold - May 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    At the risk of being contentious, it appears that Bradley’s actions could just as soon be chalked up to “pampered athlete syndrome”.
    It soulds like he needs to grow up.

  18. The Common Man - May 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    It’s true, of course, that Milton signed a contract to play baseball. So presumably, he can’t refuse to play without violating his contract. That said, he was removed from the game, and therefore no longer eligible to play. So I’m not sure he violated the letter of his contract (he says, having never read an actual major league contract) even if he violated the spirit.

  19. B R S - May 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Before you can donate a brain to science, you have to have a brain first.

  20. IdahoMariner - May 5, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    I will probably get flogged, given my screen name and that I am about to say this, but:
    1) the Mariners knew what they were getting and took a smart risk — he’s a better hitter than Silva is a pitcher (or at least was, in the AL and without his Mom to rock him to sleep at night)– so they were going to just lose that money anyway if they kept Silva. Milton has already given them some great at bats, mixed with some horrible ones. Eh. Big deal.
    2) he apparently hasn’t affected the clubhouse chemistry (at least before last night) at all, so the biggest worry that a lot of people expressed hasn’t materialized, i.e., no signs of clubhouse cancer yet.
    3) and he probably still hasn’t affected the clubhouse, because the word out of the incident is that he was really upset that he wasn’t contributing to his team.
    4) and yes, he needs some help. guy needs some help handling the stress of a game he has chosen to play.

  21. YANKEES1996 - May 5, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    This guy is out of his mind, off his Meds, whatever it is all the same. He is a complete nut job, send him packing!

  22. Coach Z - May 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Jack is the GM, not the coach.

  23. Chris - May 5, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Way to go Candyland!!!
    I guess I’d be out of my mind too if I were named after a board game company. Just saying..

  24. Nasty Boy - May 5, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Milton , prison , You’ll be with your equals .

  25. IdahoMariner - May 5, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    this report is possibly not accurate.
    The only thing definitive is that he left during the game. there are conflicting reports (check out Baker at the Times vs. Salk’s report vs. the video of the game (you can’t see much drama in the dugout) … he either left because he was angry at Wak for not arguing with the ump (Salk) or he was angry at himself (Baker) or maybe Wak told him to go cool off (alternate theory cruising around the blogs, not too far out of the realm of possibility given Wak’s positive approach to his players).
    The other definitive thing is that MB showed up at a scheduled appearance at a public school today with Griffey, Sweeney and Ichiro. So, seems like he’s not totally in the doghouse, so it might be time to wait for more info.
    or just go back to bashing. that’s fun too.

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