9/25 Bradley blog
Padres general manager Kevin Towers tells ESPN.com that he’s in the market for an outfielder. Maybe Milton Bradley?
“I’m not saying it’s necessarily Milton,” Towers said, mindful of Major League Baseball’s tampering rules. “But our experience with him was rather a positive one. It wasn’t really a negative one.”
Towers told ESPN.com he had not talked to Cubs GM Jim Hendry about Bradley, but did say, “We have to take chances sometimes. We took a chance on Milton the first time we had him, and he actually played pretty well [before the knee injury].”
Bradley tore his right ACL when he was being restrained by Padres manager Bud Black during an argument with umpire Mike Winters.
Bradley was suspended last Sunday by Cubs GM Jim Hendry for detrimental conduct, and will miss the final 15 games of the season. The Cubs will try to move the mercurial outfielder in the offseason.
In an interview with MLB.com in May, Black was asked about Bradley.
“Those of us who were around Milton the last two months of the ’07 season, he was great,” Black said. “He was great with me, great with the guys, and contributed greatly to our success down the stretch.”
Black said Bradley “played hard and with a lot of passion. Ultimately, he cared about winning that game.” The Padres manager acknowledged that Bradley is a perfectionist.
“You find that a lot of players at this level have a high degree of perfectionist and they want to do well so badly, and MIlton is one of those guys,” Black said. “He has high expectations.
“He’s emotional, which is not a bad thing,” Black said. “You wish more guys were emotional. That’s who he is.”
— Carrie Muskat