Enigmatic outfielder Milton Bradley has been suspended for the remainder of the season by the Chicago Cubs. There is a very good chance his time in a Cubs uniform may also be over, despite the fact that he has two years remaining on a three-year, $30 million contract he signed in January this year.
Yesterday, Bradley aired his frustrations about the Cubs organization and the atmosphere surrounding the team. So say he “popped off” would be a gross understatement. He claimed that the team did not have a “positive environment” and that he wasn’t sure if he’d be back next year.
“I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment. There’s too many people everywhere in your face with a microphone asking the same questions repeatedly.
“Everything is just bashing you. It’s just negativity”
“You understand why the haven’t won in 100 years here”
Bradley finishes the season hitting .257 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI. Devastatingly awful numbers, especially when you consider that last season as a Texas Ranger he started the All-Star game as the Designated Hitter. He finished 2008 hitting .321 with 22 home runs and 77 RBI.
When you consider what the Cubs could have done with the $10 million a year they’re currently on the hook for to Bradley, this has to be seen as nothing more than a complete failure by Chicago GM Jim Hendry. Did anyone on the planet not know that putting Bradley in the pressure cooker that is Chicago would lead to a breakdown? You seriously could have set your watch by this. The guy has been with seven organizations in his 10 years as a pro. That should tell you something.
Hendry blamed the player for the suspension, saying that it had become hard to listen to Bradley talk about Cubs fans in such a negative light. Hendry was clearly deflecting, this mess is his fault. A tiger can’t change its stripes, and a player known for being a problem can’t suddenly grow up and shut up because you give him a ton of cash and a classic uniform.
Only an idiot would have entrusted multiple years and tons of money to someone so unreliable. That idiot was Jim Hendry.
Manager Lou Piniella, as expected, fully supported Hendry’s decision to suspend Bradley.