It was really only a matter of time before Milton Bradley opened his yap about the time he spent in Chicago and it should be a surprise to no one that Paul Sullivan jumped all over the opportunity to call attention to it. He tweeted out a link to a New York Times blog about the Mariners and Milton.
Apparently, Milton's poor season last year was our fault:
“Two years ago, I played, and I was good,” Bradley said. “I go to Chicago, not good. I’ve been good my whole career. So, obviously, it was something with Chicago, not me.”
Maybe it was the pizza. I love the deepdish stuff, but it's not for everyone. Maybe he likes ketchup on his hotdogs and never fit in. Maybe he could never figure out the slanty streets on the Chicago grid.
“Just no communication. I never hit more than 22 homers in my career, and all of a sudden I get to Chicago and they expect me to hit 30. It doesn’t make sense. History tells you I’m not going to hit that many. Just a lot of things that try to make me a player I’m not.”
So, someone on the Cubs tried to make him a power hitter, when he isn't really a power hitter. Well, I'm glad that the Mariners can learn from the Cubs' mistakes. I'm sure they'll be batting him sixth or seventh in the lineup.
"Unless they trade for a big hitter (and how about that, the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez trains right here at the Peoria Sports Complex), they will count on Bradley to be their primary slugger in Don Wakamatsu’s batting order.
'We made the deal because we were looking for someone to hit in the middle of our lineup,' said Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik."
Gordon Wittenmyer weighed in about Milton blaming the Cubs for trying to make him a power hitter and found that Lou remembered it differently:
"Bradley also told NYT Cubs expected him to hit 30 HR. 'I don't think that was the case,' Lou says."
So, the Cubs didn't try to make Milton into a pure power hitter?
"Lou on Milty: 'we were hoping he'd come in and hit fifth in our lineup and be productive. And that was it.'"