9/23 Bradley issues apology
Milton Bradley issued an apology in a statement released Wednesday, saying he wished he had handled certain things differently.
“I chose Chicago as a free agent,” Bradley said in the statement, “because I wanted to be part of finally bringing a championship to Cubs fans. I expected to have a great season and I am deeply disappointed by my performance and the team’s struggles. I played every game with everything that I had and wanted to desperately win.
“My frustration and disappointment boiled over and I said and did certain things that I regret,” he said. “In hindsight, I wish that I had handled certain things differently and I apologize for those things that did not work out for the better.
“The air has been cleared,” he said, “and we all want to move on and look forward to better days.”
On Sunday, Cubs GM Jim Hendry sent Bradley home and the outfielder will miss the final 15 games. Bradley, who signed a three-year $30 million deal this offseason, will be paid for the final two weeks. Hendry has talked to Bradley’s agent, Seth Levinson, but has not talked to the outfielder.
“I never anticipated any problems,” Hendry said Wednesday. “We’ll finish out the season and figure out where we’re going after that.”
What happens next?
“We’ll worry about next season when this season is over,” Hendry said.
The players’ union was not expected to file a grievance.
Bradley was suspended following comments he made in which he said the Cubs were not a positive environment and criticized the organization, the fans and the media. He also got into a shouting match with hitting coach Von Joshua on Saturday in St. Louis. But the suspension was not because of those two incidents, but a series of things in Bradley’s first year with the Cubs.
Said manager Lou Piniella: “I’m happy to see he issued the statement and apologized. We’ll put that behind us and just go forward.”
— Carrie Muskat