Milton Bradley's strike zone
Milton Bradley feels his incident with umpire Larry Vanover may have had a carryover effect. Vanover ejected Bradley in April, the two argued, and the result was a two-game suspension, which was reduced to one. Bradley told the Chicago Tribune he has been forced to chase pitches he normally doesn’t swing at because he feels his strike zone has been widened.
“There’s nothing good that come out of it,” Lou Piniella said of Bradley’s comments. “What we need Milton to do is get to the point where he hits the ball the way he has in the past. Getting on umpires is not a good solution.”
Bradley entered Monday’s game batting .188. He hit .321 last year with the Rangers.
“He’s a much better hitter than what he’s shown here early in the season,” Piniella said. “You look at his career and he’s hit everywhere he’s been. There’s no reason to assume he’s not going to hit here. He’s just gotten off to a slow start. I’m sure he’s a little frustrated about it. He’s a kid who wants to do well — a young man who wants to do well. He’s probably put a little undue pressure on himself. He just needs to relax and play and let his natural abilities take over and I think everything will be fine.”
— Carrie Muskat