Milton Bradley has left the building
Lou Piniella and Milton Bradley had an ugly confrontration in the clubhouse Friday, and the manager told the Cubs outfielder to leave U.S. Cellular Field before the game ended.
“I told him to take his uniform off,” Piniella said. “He threw his helmet and smashed the water cooler and there was water flying all over. I told him to take his uniform off and go home. I followed him up to the clubhouse and we exchanged some words. I don’t like when those things happen, but I was tired of watching it.”
Bradley had struck out in his first two at-bats, and then flew out to left in the sixth. He threw his helmet and tossed one of the Gatorade coolers. Then, Piniella yelled at him.
Cubs GM Jim Hendry said he would talk to Bradley.
“We’ll have a conversation, that’s for sure, before tomorrow and hopefully we’ll move forward and put some of our troubles behind us,” Hendry said.
Alfonso Soriano said he’d never seen a player and manager fight the way Piniella and Bradley did.
“I hope he comes back and he can help the team to win,” Soriano said of Bradley. “If he’s not that way, we don’t need him. We have 25 players, we have to be on the same page. If he’s not 100 percent to help the team to win, we don’t need him. If he’s 100 percent and he comes and wants to play, he’s more than welcome.”
— Carrie Muskat