Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chicago Broke Milton

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."

Uh oh.


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.'"


Anonymous said...

you are right tim, it was just a matter of time. what i love is the behavior all over again. nothing is ever miltons fault. including the shittiest year of his career. instead of saying: 'for whatever reason things didn't work out' he blames chicago. lmao. wow, just fucking wow.

someday a therapist is going to make alot of money off of milty. the guy has big issues.

Unknown said...

I certainly think that fans expected Milton to hit 30+ bombs, but I really doubt the organization or Lou expected such. At least, I hope not.

Aisle 424 said...

Fans always want players to hit better than they actually can. I'll bet there are stupid people who get disappointed by Pujols, but I couldn't find anything in multiple searches that would have indicated the Cubs had that view of Milt's abilities. Sullivan also noted in his piece that he couldn't find anything on the record to support Milton's claims.

Doc Blume said...

The biggest mistake was that people not only thought Bradley would be a power hitter, but that he would be specifically a left handed power hitter when his career shows he was a better right handed hitter and mostly a high OBP hitter.

I just wish I didn't have to think about him any more.

Jennifer McSparin said...

As a fan, I never had any specific expectations from this douchebag-other than to do his best.

Anonymous said...

Total meathead and the biggest malcontent in all of MLB.

Simply parting with Milton improved the Cubs leaps and bounds from last season.

What on earth are the Mariners thinking???

Aisle 424 said...


The thing is that it didn't improve the Cubs. It made their life easier, but swapping Milton for Silva in no way makes the Cubs a more formidable team.

This year's team may end up with a better record, but that will be because the other players that sucked last year will bounce back to career levels and the young kids can step in and not be terrible.

That said, Milton will undoubtedly be a headache for Seattle in some way, shape, or form before the All-Star break.

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