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Milton Bradley wears earplugs to block the heckling

Apr 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Milton Bradley sitting

Will Milton Bradley be playing for the M’s come May? From Saturday:

Milton Bradley was jeered by a few fans for the rest of the game after this error and at one point he even complained to the umpires to try and get the fans tossed. Later in the game Milton was seen at the plate with earplugs in as he once again failed to move the runner along in a key situation in the 8th where Chone Figgins led-off with a double and ended-up stranded by the meat of the order.

On the bright side, I can think of seven different worse ways Milton Bradley could have handled this, so good for him for the appeal to the umps and the earplugs.

  1. easports82 - Apr 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    He’ll stay on the roster for the year. He’s not really blocking anyone from the minors and is in the final year anyways. Not that it matters for 2011. M’s pretty much have their ticket for the basement stamped.

    • marinersnate - Apr 11, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      “M’s pretty much have their ticket for the basement stamped.”

      Hey. We resemble that remark!

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 11, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      Is it really a ticket? Or is it more like one of those sticks with the lone key attached to it?

  2. lbehrendt - Apr 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    If a fly ball is hit to left-center field, how does the M’s center fielder call off an ear-plugged Bradley to make the play? Semaphore flags?

    • Roger Moore - Apr 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      By waving his arms, the same as they do now when the crowd is too loud for them to hear each other. It’s not as though outfielders have never had to deal with difficulty hearing each other before.

      • lbehrendt - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        Waving arms works for lazy fly balls, but not for anything more challenging. You can’t wave your arms over the head while running at top speed. Acknowledged, it’s hard for outfielders to hear each other, but it’s going to get harder when the left fielder is wearing ear plugs.

      • aaronmoreno - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM

        Just ask Curtis Pride or Dummy Hoy.

      • lbehrendt - Apr 11, 2011 at 1:02 PM

        For those who might not know, Pride and Hoy were deaf baseball players. Both Pride and Hoy proved that it’s possible to play MLB ball without being able to hear anything — they overcame that obstacle, but it remains the case that not being able to hear IS an obstacle on the field.

        I’ve read elsewhere that Bradley is only wearing earplugs when he’s at bat, and if so he’s not the first guy to have done this, and I don’t see a problem with this.

  3. uuddlrlrbastart - Apr 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Just so I’m clear on this. If we were making a list of unacceptable behavior by a ballplayer, actively trying to get a hometown fan removed from the stadium is right next to failing to move a runner? Does that seem off to anyone else?

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