The Mariners designated Milton Bradley for assignment today, putting the future of the 33-year-old former All-Star in doubt. He's talented, but he's not hitting, as his .218/.313/.356 line shows. And though he says the right things at times, he causes trouble, as you might expect for a player who has been with eight organizations this decade. Here's the latest reaction to the move:
- "We felt Milton was not part of our future and not part of our present. Therefore, the move was made," GM Jack Zduriencik explained, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns.
- Yahoo's Tim Brown suggests Bradley might finally get peace and quiet – but lose the opportunity to play Major League baseball.
- Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times points out that for all of Bradley's shortcomings and frustrating behavior, he's human.
- Let's hear your reaction to the move in the comments section.
Milton Bradley is the closest we’ll have to Kenny Powers.
Can Milton pitch?
Uh, Kenny Powers was loosely based on John Rocker.
Well there was supposed to be a broken heart symbol after that. You get the picture.
Quite the contrary actually…
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“Let’s hear your reaction to the move in the comments section.”
Milton Bradley won’t be able to here our reaction. He is wearing ear plugs.
Milton Bradley’s Shenanigans have finally booted him off of the Battleship Mariners. It doesn’t a detective from Scotland Yard to see his decline with age and Headaches would lead to his KerPlunk. It’s going to be no trip through Candy Land to get back with another MLB tetam for Easy Money. No team will gobble him up like Hungry Hungry Hippos. Unless he can learn from his old ways, then it’s Guess Who? Same old Milton. That unfortunately is the Game of Life.
Was there some sort contest to see who can name the most board games in a comment that I was not told about?
in the game of LIFE milton lost his MONOPOLY. the Mariners took a huge RISK in giving him his last chance. I bet he has no CLUE that everyone who was at last nights game was going to be able to walk out and say “Have we SCENE IT? whas that his last game?” If he only would have gotten out of his CRANIUM he might have had a chance to last. But his PURSUIT was TRIVIAL to make a come back.
I would have to say that was pretty good
You see, for most people, this joke would be a bit of a Mouse Trap. However, you were able to take on the HeroQuest of tackling the most complex board game joke and you handled the Operation like a pro! That being said, I’m sure Milton will start to get Ants in the Pants over getting back to the bigs. One thing is for sure though, nobody has a Clue who will pick him up. Sure will be one hell of a Mystery Date for ol’ Milt! We’re just going to have to wait for all the dots to Connect 4, won’t we?
How can you go from being the team’s number three hitter yesterday to being cut? He must have did something on Sunday after the game or Monday morning.
Or it probably has to do with the way Eric Wedge sets his lineup, which I’ve always thought is a little odd.
Bradley hitting 3rd meant very little. Though he had a good home-stand offensively, he was still just hitting around .215. The Mariners made this move because they had no choice. The issues with the umpires and horrendous defense, proved he wasn’t an asset to the team. In fact, he was just the opposite. The mariners were dragging a dead horse.
Well, my team traded Andre Ethier for him, so you know how I feel about the guy.
That was probably the worst trade in Billy Beanes career.
the hudson trade in my opinion was a lot worse, at least milton helped us get to an ALCS
Ding Ding Ding – one of the saddest returns for our beloved Huddy. Even at the time, it didn’t make sense to me.
Charles Thomas was a BEAST.
The Holliday for Cargo and Street would get my vote for Beanes worst trade. Ethier #2. The A’s weren’t going to resign Hudson.
Cargo and Ethier could of been on the same team. What a shame Billy. What a shame.
You’re telling me making the playoffs, sweeping the Twins, and having our best shot at the World Series wasn’t worth it? We sucked for all the years Ethier was good, and would be on the hook to pay him next year or lose him now that we don’t.
Don’t even remind me..
^well, he was the Mariner’s #3 hitter. This is the team that bats Miguel Olivo cleanup.
the mariners shouldnt have ever traded for him he didnt help them at all and now they have to eat 9 mill lol
It was a swap of bad contracts. The Mariners signed Carlos Silva, it didn’t work out and they shipped him to the Cubs.
Either way they were eating something. Now they are simply bending over.
The irony is the Mariners must have thought they were getting the better end of the trade. If it was just a bad contract swap, they would have evened out the money and passed him along. Even with the Cubs releasing Silva and buying out the option next year, they actually came out ahead based on how much money the Mariners sent.
“Either way they were eating something. Now they are simply bending over.”
Sounds like something I’d pay good money for.
I’d still take Bradley over Silva.
Love Milton Bradley. I really hoped he would be able to get it together and produce in Seattle because the guy plays with a fire and emotion that is difficult to match. Best wishes to him, and hopefully he can find his way back to the Majors sometime.
I’m just suprised it actually took this long. His head just isn’t in the game.
It’s weird how no one is hitting on that team but Smoak and Ichiro. Those guys can’t be THAT bad, can they?
If Milton lands somewhere, I don’t think its inconceivable that he starts hitting…Needs a more neutral park.
I wonder what the short list is for teams he could play for?
He didn’t hit in Chicago either, with a park generally favorable to hitters.
come to boston milton! We love disgruntled sluggers. Carl everett, Mo vaughn, Manny… even jose canseco
San Diego Padres could use him. He had a good year under Buddy Black in ’07
you must be misremembering how it ended, how he got hurt yellin and arguing, dont need that again, no one does; head case, good ridance…
I remember exactly what happened. The umpire was trash talking Milton under his breathe and Milton heard him, I read Todd Helton’s comments after the game and he would not throw the ump under the bus but he did mention the ump was out of line and taunted Milton…Buddy Black tried to keep Milton away from the ump and in doing so he pushed him to the ground and blew out his ACL. The Rox then continued their 21 wins out of 22 games and the Padres lost their Wild Card lead, then lost to the Rox in the play in game #163 in ’07…
The Padres offense is terrible, he would be a good extra outfielder and get Ludwick on the bench a little more often (the dude just can’t hit a curveball).
Furthermore, MLB reviewed the tape of the incident, confirmed that the Ump did use a racial slur directed at Milton, suspended the Ump and did not suspend Milton for the altercation. For him to not be suspended is overwhelming evidence that he had just cause to defend himself.
It wasn’t the park. He couldn’t catch up to fastballs. And the fact that umps were calling everything a strike against him made him unable to do anything but strikeout.
Should have got rid of him last year. Guy is terrible.
I enjoyed Miltons time with the Dodgers. It’s too bad that he was never able to deal with the spot light of being a major league player. The Dodgers got one of his best years, and they sure got one heck of an outfielder for him.. I wish MB the best, and hope it’s not the end of his career.
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My reaction….? Yawn.
Come on Mets sign or trade for this guy I know you want him on your team.
Can he catch?
Can’t really feel sorry for this mental case- he has banked about 50 million hasn’t he?
If he could just exercise his demons and play a game he might come back.
This move is totally expected and just another example of Jack Z. hoping and praying instead of actually making impact moves.
if he was half decent mentally he has the ability to be a very good player, he just cant get his head straight….
Really seems like he knew he was about to be released, as his lack of defense over the weekend showed no interest or confidence. Real question now, is what will the Mariners do for a long term solution? Saunders hasn’t proved he can swing the bat, Wilson and Peguero seem to be short term solutions to fill the gaps. Funny thing is, they have made the effort to convert Ackley to be a 2nd baseman, and it’s left field where they could really use him now. If he can figure out how to hit lefties, I wonder if they will consider putting him back at his old position?
You guys really want to keep Chone at 3B though, his career UZR at 3B is over 9.0, but its below average, IIRC, at 2B. Ackley could be a nice fit at 2B, you can always get a bat to stick in LF. Maybe you can trade Milton to BOS for Darnell MacDonald or something. You’d still have to eat that contract, BOS
whoops, BOS isn’t going to pay luxury tax on Milton’s contract. Reply fail.
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Nor would they give up Darnell McDonald for him…
No, probably not.
Bradley for Rivera/E5 anyone?
It’s never an easy ending to a career.
Brown’s article though was one of the most petty nyah-nyah revenge screeds I’ve ever read on a non-blog website.
Like a bad divorce, neither the cubs or the m’s came out with anything good.
I have no board game references. A move that needed to be made, plain and simple.
I was a little surprised to see the Mariners get rid of him considering his salary, but then again , he wasn’t hitting and this is the year of getting rid of players with bad contracts, so I like the move.
And they would have been paying the salary either way, if not his, Carlos Silva’s, so it was indeed a good move – the Mariners are better than I thought they’d be this year, as much as I hate to admit it. It’s fun to see the young guys come up.
No surprise here Seattle got what they knew was there. Here’s hopeing that no other team falls for him. No wait, he would look good in evilempire’s pinstripes or red sox.
i’m pretty sure he hasn’t played for 8 teams in the last year and a half…