As Lizzy has previously reported Milton Bradley has been suspended for the rest of the 2009 season. This move was entirely justified as the player’s comments regarding the Cubs organization, clubhouse and fans became entirely too much to put up with. In my opinion the Cubs’ management showed patience and good judgement in how they handled this matter. Said GM Jim Hendry: “There have been a lot of issues that we’ve lived with during the year, but the last few days became too much for me to tolerate, to be honest with you. I’m not going to let our great fans become an excuse, I’m not going to tolerate not answering questions from the media respectfully. Whether you feel like talking or not, it’s part of our jobs. I’m not going to allow disrespect to other people in that locker room and uniformed personnel.
The only real negativity here is his own production.”
I don’t think there’s too much more to add to that; I don’t mean for this post to be about Milton Bradley’s misbehavior; probably 95% of Cubs nation realizes that this is a very immature individual that has very little control over his emotions and his utterances. In Chicago he’s poison, there’s nothing he can do to dig his way out of the hole he’s dug. The big question is how do you get rid of this guy, will any other team take him? The Cubs should eat salary just to get him out of the clubhouse but will there be any takers? Somehow the Dodgers miscalculated and took Todd Hundley in exchange for Karros and Grudzielanek, but who in today’s world would take Bradley?
Perhaps the best thing to do would be what LA did with Andruw Jones this year. If Bradley is faced with 1-2 years of being shrouded on the Cubs bench as a non-player perhaps he could be convinced to cooperate. Sometimes people make the messes they end up in, I know I’ve done it a few times in my life. All people can change, at least I think they can. Well, perhaps not all.