DGroundhog wrote:I think it's ridiculous it has gotten to this point.
It is spring traning. So he didn't run out a pop-up and advance to 2B in a sping training game. I know he got yelled at last year during the season for the same thing, but there has to be more to it than just this. He got benched the next inning and the manager made a big deal about it. I'm not ready to give Bradley all the blame on this one.
I think it's more about a personality conflict, and you can't really place full blame on any individual in that circumstance. Bradley isn't the first person to not run out a fly ball in a real game, or a spring training game. He workled out all off season in the Cleveland area and had made some real strides before this.
He might not be the easiest guy to coach or get along with, but I think he can be a solid part of some team. He's had some troubles, but it isn't anything terrible.
I think the problem has a lot more to do with how he "disrespected" his manager after the incident than just with not running out the pop-up. Plus, Bradley's got a huge laundry list of past problems with managers, teammates, umpires, etc. You can't isolate this incident from his previous misdeeds. His track record would magnify any incident. I mean, this is a guy that quit on his team in Puerto Rico a few years back, spit at and poked umpires in the minors and was arrested this summer, but I guess none of that is "anything terrible". When you have "personality conflicts" with that many different people, I think it's only natural to see the one common denominator in all these incidents has been one Mr. Milton Bradley. Hell, even Eddie Murray of all people was quoted as saying "I don't like the way he treats people" in reference to Bradley. There's some serious anger management issues at work here (and probably other issues as well).
And by the way, in case you think I'm just a Bradley basher, I own him in both of my leagues, so I hope he does land in a good situation and (finally) get his head on straight.
"I'm telling ya, he jumped us. Gloves off, stick down, no warning. He challenged the Chiefs. Called us names. But Dave was there."
"Dave's a killer."
"Yeah, Dave's a killer."
"Dave's a mess."