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For this season, it's game over for Milton Bradley.

The outspoken outfielder, who took shots at the Cubs in a Saturday interview with the Daily Herald, has been suspended for the rest of the season, according to general manager Jim Hendry.

"The last few days became too much for me to tolerate," Hendry said.

"I'm certainly not going to let our great fans become excuses," Hendry said. "I'm not going to tolerate [bradley] not being able to answer questions from the media respectably."

This came after Bradley's encounter Thursday when reporters asked Bradley about taking himself out of the game without a pinch runner ready following a hit. The scene played out like this:

Reporters: What happened with the injury?

Bradley: "I'm not talking about that. What else you got?"

Reporters: Why did you come out?

Bradley: "I got knee inflammation. I got two knee surgeries. That happens when you got knee surgery, in case you don't know. What else you got?"

Reporters: How long will you be out?

Bradley: "What else you got? Anything significant?"

This went on and on until Bradley turned his back, ending the interview.

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/2009/09/bradley-not-with-cubs-hendry-will-address-team.html

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Signing Milton Bradley has always been such a brilliant idea.

I can't think of anybody else I'd rather pay millions of dollars to.

Obviously, Milton Bradley hasn't really mastered the game of life, after all

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Bradley's quote in the paper was "you understand why they haven't won in 100 years here."

Yea, they sign guys like Milton Bradley. How dumb do you have to be to sign him to a long-term deal?

1. Injured all the time. Check.

2. Serious behaviorial problems. Check.

3. Coming off big (contract) season as a DH, then expected to play the field everyday. Check.

4. 31 years old. Check.

The risk was through the roof. It's almost as if Hendry was running a fantasy team and Bradley's only downside was the $30 he bid on him.

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1. Injured all the time. Check.

2. Serious behaviorial problems. Check.

3. Coming off big (contract) season as a DH, then expected to play the field everyday. Check.

4. 31 years old. Check.

The risk was through the roof.

5. Pinella having zero patience and unwilling to mollycoddle. Check

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Cards fans feel that Bradley is being treated unfairly. After all, he was just telling the truth. :)

he was asked if he had enjoyed his first season in Chicago.

"Not really," he said. "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. Everything is just bashing you. You got out there and you 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."

Not that Bradley's act would be welcome in "baseball heaven" either.

He needs a real "caring" manager who can relate to him, such as Ron Washington, and a town where the media is fairly compliant or disinterested. Putting him with a manager like Pinella or La Russa is a prescription for disaster.

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So are Bradley's claims that there is a culture of losing, aka "negativity" surrounding the Cubs and the fact that Milton Bradley is an insane lunatic evidence enough that there really is no such thing as a culture of losing and its just a refuge of the insane? :)

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Hendry knew there was risk in signing Bradley. He's not surprised by what he's done up until now. At this point, Bradley wants out of Chicago and he's pulling stunts like this to get out of town. So, Hendry is having his hand forced here.

Again, Hendry and everyone in the Cubs organization knew he was a very good player with very troubling mannerisms. They were willing to put up with that given his offensive potential. But, if the guy wants out of town and doesn't care if he crosses the line in expressing that he wants out of town, there's nothing you can really do except send him packing. That's what it has come to.

Also, I still frequent here from time to time and every time I see a thread regarding the Cubs I see people talking about Davearm as if he was a coward that has run away. I don't know him that well, but from what I saw of his posting here, he was fairly polite and well mannered. I'm not sure why you guys have negative remarks about him, but maybe I'm off base.

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Hendry knew there was risk in signing Bradley. He's not surprised by what he's done up until now. At this point, Bradley wants out of Chicago and he's pulling stunts like this to get out of town. So, Hendry is having his hand forced here.

Again, Hendry and everyone in the Cubs organization knew he was a very good player with very troubling mannerisms. They were willing to put up with that given his offensive potential. But, if the guy wants out of town and doesn't care if he crosses the line in expressing that he wants out of town, there's nothing you can really do except send him packing. That's what it has come to.

You make it seem like Bradley was a an excellent, consistent player who was a good bet to play very well going forward, who's had the occasional problem behaving himself. A decent risk for a team to take.

In reality he's a guy prone to extreme outbursts, who's injured constantly, and was coming off a career walk year at the age of 30. He was a terrible risk for a 3/30 contract, especially in an offseason where corner OFers with power were a dime a dozen. He's never had two consecutive years where he was both healthy and good. In fact, 2008-2009 is the first two year period where he's played 120+ games in each season, and that was due in no small part to DHing most of 2008. It's astonishing that anyone thought he'd be worth signing as a full-time outfielder.

Just an unfathomable signing. If Billy Beane had done this there would be legions of sportswriters excoriating him for being a goofy stathead who doesn't pay attention to anything besides OPS.

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In reality he's a guy prone to extreme outbursts, who's injured constantly, and was coming off a career walk year at the age of 30.

Let me reiterate. Hendry and everyone affiliated with the Cubs understood the risk involved with Bradley. I didn't bring up the injuries because that is and was not the issue here in Chicago.

That's fine that you bring up the risk involved, but it's not right to do so when evaluating his time with the Cubs. He was not injured at all. He underperformed, but nobody stated that this would be an issue. Also, ANY player signed to a contract can underperform.

I keep hearing people say "What did Hendry expect?". I'm letting you know, I think he expected Bradley to:

- Miss 30-50 games due to injury (which he didn't)

- Throw the occasional fit (which he did up to expectation until he crossed the line with this last outburst)

- Put up an .850 or better OPS (which he didn't)

- Play a good defensive RF (which he did)

- Be ready for the post season and improve the Cubs chances of advancing(technically, he would be if not for several Cubs struggling badly and the Cubs being blown out of the division race by a very good Cardinals team)

I guess you can blame Hendry for underestimating the lengths that Bradley would go to stir up trouble to get out of town. Blame Hendry for underestimating the Cardinals. Blame him for over estimating the talent of the Cubs. But, I don't think anyone could have predicted that this season would turn out the way it has considering Bradley was healthy almost the whole time.

He underperformed and said "no wonder this team hasn't won the World Series in 100 years". I don't think anyone predicted that would happen.

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Let me reiterate. Hendry and everyone affiliated with the Cubs understood the risk involved with Bradley. I didn't bring up the injuries because that is and was not the issue here in Chicago.

That's fine that you bring up the risk involved, but it's not right to do so when evaluating his time with the Cubs. He was not injured at all. He underperformed, but nobody stated that this would be an issue. Also, ANY player signed to a contract can underperform.

I keep hearing people say "What did Hendry expect?". I'm letting you know, I think he expected Bradley to:

- Miss 30-50 games due to injury (which he didn't)

- Throw the occasional fit (which he did up to expectation until he crossed the line with this last outburst)

- Put up an .850 or better OPS (which he didn't)

- Play a good defensive RF (which he did)

- Be ready for the post season and improve the Cubs chances of advancing(technically, he would be if not for several Cubs struggling badly and the Cubs being blown out of the division race by a very good Cardinals team)

I guess you can blame Hendry for underestimating the lengths that Bradley would go to stir up trouble to get out of town. Blame Hendry for underestimating the Cardinals. Blame him for over estimating the talent of the Cubs. But, I don't think anyone could have predicted that this season would turn out the way it has considering Bradley was healthy almost the whole time.

He underperformed and said "no wonder this team hasn't won the World Series in 100 years". I don't think anyone predicted that would happen.

Given his history I don't think anyone should be surprised this is how it's worked out. He's erratic and inconsistent, and always has been. He's played 100 games four times, and his OPS in those seasons was .923, .786, .999, and .775.

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Other than the inexcusable domestic violence on his resume, I think Milton Bradley's a sympathetic figure and incidents like this only make me root for him more.

As baseball becomes more of a corporate, PC amusement park, the characters of the game become even more of a treasure from my point of view. Wherever Bradley winds up, I'll be cheering for him except when he plays the Orioles.

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Other than the inexcusable domestic violence on his resume, I think Milton Bradley's a sympathetic figure and incidents like this only make me root for him more.

"Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"

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