Milton Bradley: Foot Meet Mouth
(Hat tip to MLBTR for the link)
This article will do Milton Bradley no favors with the fans or the press that is already trying to poke him with a stick like 10-year olds at a zoo trying to wake up a sleeping lion.
"My agent was saying that Jon Daniels was telling him, 'There are
days when he doesn’t want to play because of his health,’ " Bradley
"Well, you can get a healthy guy to go out there and play 162 games, but he won’t do what I did in 120."
A bit self-serving as the article notes, but rather perceptive as well for a major league player. But unfortunately he goes on...
"If I’m being paid, and I’ve got the commitment to me that I give to
them, you make more of an effort to be out there every day," he said.
you’re on one-year deals constantly, you’ve got to put up as good
numbers as you can. When you have days where you’re not feeling like
you can contribute, you’re not going to go out there, because you’re
not going to want your numbers to suck.
"So, if you’re in a
situation like I am now, if they want me to go out there when I’m
feeling a little banged up, I’ve got no problem doing that because
they’ve made the commitment to me."
I imagine there are a lot of baseball players that feel that way and Milton sure isn't worried about what people think of him. But that just isn't going to go over well in a new city and a new fanbase that he's trying to win over. We as fans tend to romanticize the game of baseball and ignore that it's a business and job for the players, but on the other hand, Milton should have probably left that unsaid. And you know the Chicago press will be all over him for that one. The article also mentions...
.... Bradley was prone to
sporadically calling in sick, including missing 10 of 11 games in early
August as the Rangers lapsed from wild-card contenders to pretenders.
at the same time when Bradley was randomly removing himself from
lineups, Michael Young was playing nearly every day despite having
broken fingers on both hands.
Young never complained about Milton. That’s not Michael’s style. But his teammates certainly noticed.
No good shall come of this...
Those were more entertaining times.
I wonder if there's an actual cause to this because they were going up hacking at everything. Wonder if scoring a bunch of runs makes you feel like you.can swing at anything and hit it.
That second walk he gave Up was awful though with no pitches even close to being a strike. He was trying to pitch around bunt and that almost never works. That said Rondon should have been brought in after the first walk and should have been left in to finish the inning because he was looking like he had good stuff.
Remember when Bryant used to be able to run the bases with impunity?
And Miggy costs them another run
torres would easily be the system's #1 prospect. he's a middle IF'r that's showing he can stick there even as he's gaining bulk/muscle so far. that said, it's not like the distance between torres and jimenez is huge...it's torres's position value that would vault him in prospect status.
jimenez has the higher ceiling just isolating the bat aspect of his game.
it would suck to lose either, but torres is a very popular/valuable piece.
Arrieta in line to lose the game too
...and chapman fails us. gives up the lead. boo.
bringing in rondon to try to put out this fire is a nice luxury.
Complete craziness bottom seven. Bottom line Cubs were fortunate to score a run
And of course Arrieta walks the first two batters in the eighth (to be fair he was totally squeezed on Zunino's walk to start the inning)
...and the no hitter is over in the 7th...2 on, 0 out.
Miley thru six: no hits, no walks, 8 K's - one batter (Bryant) reached on a error by Seager (hard hit but clearly an error). At 71 pitches
It's the law of baseball -- if you score 10+ runs in a game, you must struggle to score in the next game. Particulalry against an inferior pitcher.
Looking for Bryant to break up another no-no with a long fly ball in the sixth.
But any hit will do.
this game is f'n flying by.
also, "Hernandez (5-4, 3.45) versus Hendricks (9-7, 2.39), ruined by ESPN tomorrow at 7:08pmCST." gets 1000 upvotes and a gold star.
His control is still off with a lot of overthrowing of his fastball. Mariners haven't been able to take advantage of it so far but it still doesn't seen like he's had a start this year where his mechanics have been great start to finish.