9/20 Bradley suspended for rest of season

Cubs GM Jim Hendry suspended Milton Bradley for the rest of the season following comment he made. “There have been a lot of issues that we’ve lived with during the year,” Hendry said Sunday, “but the last few days became too much for me to tolerate, to be honest with you. I’m not going to let our great fans become an excuse, I’m not going to tolerate not answering questions from the media respectfully. Whether you feel like talking or not, it’s part of our jobs. I’m not going to allow disrespect to other people in that locker room and uniformed personnel.”

Hendry reacted after reading Bradley’s comments, in which he said the Cubs were “not a positive environment.”

“The only real negativity here is his own production,” Hendry said.

The GM met with Bradley in his hotel room in St. Louis Sunday morning. The switch-hitter, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract this offseason, was batting .257 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 124 games.

Outfielder Tyler Colvin will join the Cubs on Monday in Milwaukee.

– Carrie Muskat

8 Comments

How can the Cubs dump Bradley and reaquire DeRosa? THe left-handed thing is overrated…we need a hitter!

I was a Bradley apologist for the first half of this season, but this action was pretty overdue.

Can you believe the Dodgers got Andre Ethier for Milton Bradley??!!

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Why bring up a rookie when the Cubs can just use So Taguchi in the outfield?

Best thing Hendry has done all season !

Great, here comes the magnificent Hendry doing what’s right, getting all the credit in the world for not taking such behavior from an employee of his great Chicago Cubs…
Geez, Jim who didn’t see this coming? Now it’s more about the PR move to help cover your HORRENDOUS mistake in getting him in the first place…sure NOW that the season’s over he launches him….what a RISK. I think a suspension after the episode Bradley had with Pinella earlier in the season would have went a lot farther toward his redemption with us fans and came across a bit more humbling but NOW??? Big deal, it’s just Hendry doing a “no brainer” with nothing to lose. Who knows where the Cubs would be right now if Colvin was called up earlier? Right, we DON’T KNOW, but we all DID KNOW where we’d be and what we were getting with Bradley, the whole world knew and Hendry still signed him FOR TWO YEARS GUARANTEED AND ANOTHER 2 MIL BUYOUT FOR THE THIRD YEAR. The crowning touch in his resume…oh no, THAT would be trading DeRosa???

Carrie,

Does Bradley get paid for the rest of the season?

Speaking of bitter … Have any of you Cubs fans ever heard of a guy named Fred Merkle? Now that’s a reason to be bitter. The Cubs fans and media have it all wrong. It’s not a Billy goat curse or whatever is popular at the time. The fact that the Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908 is because of “The Fred Merkle Curse.” One may say, well, Fred helped the Cubs reach the 1918 World Series, playing 1st base and leading the team in RBI’S. But, it’s what happens in 1908 that caused the curse to be born. I am not going to tell the entire story, there’s not enough space here. But, if you are truly a Cubs fan and want to know, you can look it up. For those of you that don’t know, I’ll give you a hint, the Cubs were lucky to win the World Series in 1908 and it was because of a New York Giants’ rookie named Fred Merkle, who didn’t touch 2nd base in a game about 10 days before the season was scheduled to end.

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