The irony is laughable.
Milton Bradley isn’t feeling the love from Cubbie fans, saying he’s been uncomfortable playing at Wrigley all year.
This from a man who’s single handedly built a reputation of making cities, fan bases, and teammates in general, feel uncomfortable.
There’s a reason Bradley has changed teams as often as we change our socks, and it has nothing to do with Bradley the baseball player–the guy’s just not likeable.
Milton Bradley batting from the 2-hole isn’t as crazy as you might think.
In fact, it’s a page Piniella is borrowing from Tony La Russa.
As White Sox manager in 1983 La Russa moved a struggling Carlton Fisk into the two-slot.
Fisk, not surprisingly, balked at the move initially. He was, after all, a power hitter use to hitting from the three, four and five hole.
The move, however, worked in Fisk’s favor. After spending the early part of the season batting below .200, the catcher rebounded to hit .289 with 26 home runs, a career high at the time.
With Fisk once again thriving at the plate the White Sox went on to win the division by 20 games.
The similarities are there with Bradley, too.
Call me crazy, but the Cubs would be better off without Milton Bradley.
In 51 games this season Bradley has already suffered two injuries and served a suspension for arguing with an umpire.
It’s the story of his baseball life: bruised body, bruised ego.
Why Jim Hendry ever believed Milton Bradley could stay healthy–or sane–on the North Side, I don’t know?
But it seems consecutive sweeps in the postseason encouraged Hendry to take a risk he normally wouldn’t bite on.
At last, the decision to sign Bradley for 3-years at $30 million is biting him back.