Now, it’s the Seattle Mariners who have had enough. Milton Bradley has been designated for assignment which is a nice way of saying: “you’re fired!” That’s not easy to do when you owe a guy $13 million this year.
The 33-year-old journeyman with the million dollar talent and the 2 cent brain was hitting just .218 this year with 2 homers and 13 RBI. That’s not exactly the kind of stats that will enable a team to overlook an all-star hothead. The .271 career hitter with 125 homeruns has played for 8 teams, including 5 in the last 5 years.
Bradley’s most infamous incident came in 2007, as a member of the San Diego Padres. Bradley reached first base on a single, then began to argue with umpire Mike Winters, who ejected Bradley from the game. But he refused to leave the field–and instead went after Winters. In the ensuing melee, Bradley tore his ACL as Padres manager Bud Black tried to hold him back. This put him out for the rest of the season.
This week he was Milton just being Milton. He was suspended for one game for bumping an umpire, then got tossed a couple of days later for arguing a called third strike. The knowledgeable Mariners fans had had enough. They booed him for dogging it on defense.
“We determined he’s not part of our future and not part of our present,” said Mariners GM Jack Zdurlencik.
Let’s take a look back at the storied career of Baseball’s Angriest Player.
We do not recommend adding Milton Bradley to your fantasy baseball roster in deep leagues or shallow leagues. His professional baseball career is likely done given his temper and his salary. We also don’t recommend inviting Milton Bradley over to dinner or to play in your next golf foursome.