Once Again, Milton Bradley Plays the Fool
He's a switch-hitting outfielder with career numbers of .277 batting average, .371 on-base percentage and .450 slugging percentage yet he's worn out his welcome time and time again.
His name is Milton Bradley and he has likely played his last game for the Cubs. Over the weekend, Chicago decided to suspend the mercurial outfielder for the remainder of the season.
Bradley had repeatedly called out the fans (who have been more than happy to lustily boo a man that underachieved for an underachieving team) and last week took to calling out the organization.
Bradley was quoted as saying in the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) on Saturday:
"It's just not a positive environment. I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment. There's too many people everywhere in your face with a microphone asking the same questions repeatedly. Everyone is just bashing you. You go out there and play harder than anybody on the field and never get credit for it. It's just negativity. ... And you understand why they haven't won in 100 years here, because it's negative. It's what it is."
Which may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Bradley is done for the year but there are two more years remaining on the three-year, $30 million contract he signed in the offseason so expect to see him on the trading block this offseason. Of course the question is, who wants him?
Bradley has had an under whelming season at the plate, hitting just .257 this year, his lowest batting average in seven years and a far cry from the .321/.436/.563 he put up last year during an all-star season in Texas.
September 21, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
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