3/10 Bradley sounds off

Milton Bradley told ESPN that he received hate mail while with the Cubs and felt he was a “prisoner in his own home.” He said that unless you’re “Superman or you’re Andre Dawson, Ernie Banks, or Hall of Fame, then it’s going to be tough” for African-American players in Chicago.

He said he asked Lou Piniella to publicly apologize to him for comments made last June at U.S. Cellular Field. Piniella made a derogatory comment to Bradley, and sent him home from a game between the Cubs and White Sox.

“The next day, [Piniella] called me into his office and wanted to apologize,” Bradley told ESPN. “I felt you put me on blast, called me out in front of everybody, you’re going to apologize in front of everybody. He didn’t choose to go that route but I accepted his apology nonetheless because as a Christian, that’s what you do. I don’t have time to hold grudges against people.”

During the ESPN interview, Bradley also said his 3-year-old son was called a derogatory name in school, calling that “the last straw.” Bradley also was taunted by someone at a restaurant.

Bradley received a three-year, $30 million contract from the Cubs in January 2009, and batted .257 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs. He was suspended for the final 15 games of the regular season because of detrimental conduct and was traded in December to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Silva.

– Carrie Muskat

11 Comments

I for one do not miss Bradley and am glad he is no longer on the Cubs but ONLY because I thought he was an over-rated player and a sub par fielder. It’s a sad comment to hear he may have been a target of hatred because he is African-American. One can only hope that sort of hatred is not tolerated. Does he have a solid point? I don’t know him so I can’t say BUT…look at the Cubs current 40 man roster…are there any African-American players? I wonder how the Cubs rank among other MLB teams when it comes to employing African-American players? Players should be considered either good or bad and that’s about it. And Hendry still has some trouble distinguishing one from the other.

I think Bradley is a sore loser. I was at the game in which he bumped the umpire. It was his own reaction and not the fans that caused him to explode. When you make the kind of money he does, he should expect criticism; not because of the color of his skin but because of his play on the field and his attitude. When your a disruptive figure in the club house you have to be let go. Look at Terrell Owens in the NFL, guys like them cause problems, no matter how skilled they are.

Race card? Give me a friggin break. Sucking crosses all racial barriers!!!!

Milton Bradley. whew. When you first signed with Chicago everybody was worried because of the past you have. Cubs fans gave you a chance to perform and we just want to see some quality players on the field. However, you didn’t dissapoint with your childish ways and racist remarks. I personally think YOU are the racist. It is truly pathetic and amazing that an athlete in professional sports could blame anyone but himself for problems with fans and poor play. The real problems lies within yourself. It’s time to do some soul searching and realize there are problems and don’t tell people your plan, just do it. Keep quite. Do your job, play baseball, and have fun. Do what most people can’t do. This is why you have a job..

This is one of the stupidest things I’ve heard. Bradley is a cry baby and maybe if he acted like somebody and stopped his own negative comments and behavior, or at least acted like a professional being paid 30 million dollars, he would have been a little better received by people, if it’s true at all that he was unfairly targeted. It’s more likely that he’s just a big selfish baby who sucks at baseball and wants to blame everybody else for his trouble.

@joeydafish — I see where you’re coming from re: seeing few African-American players on the Cubs, but that’s true of every big league club, as only 6% of Major League players are African-American, roughly 1-in-18. So, two players is, unfortunately, above average.

The league has taken note of this and is trying to inspire more young black athletes to pursue the sport through its Reviving Baseball in Inner-cities (RBI) Program.

This isn’t a Cubs trend, but rather a trend throughout the sport.

northpaw27, that’s what I thought so Bradley is like we all thought….one “race card” shy of a full deck. And still a DH at best! (Note to Hendry if and when you become a GM for an AL TEAM. I’m counting the days.)

Wow. Milton Bradley just doesn’t get it. He didn’t have to be as good as Andre Dawson to not get made fun of. All he had to do was TRY. Cases in point: A MILLION. Cubs fans appreciate effort. They’ll root for you if they see you giving it your all. Saying that you hope games don’t go into extra innings so you can leave the ballpark as quickly as possible isn’t going to win anybody over on the North Side of Chicago. I don’t know who I dislike more right now–Bradley, or Hendry for having given him a chance here which he clearly didn’t deserve at all.

I don’t think Hendry was acting in a benevloent, charitable way when signing Bradley, I think he thought Bradley would actually not only procuctive, but healthy of mind and body and a good fit for the Cubs. All of which was stupid and we fans knew it.

Miltie is a ******. I don’t care if you’re black, white or plaid. He played up the lazy blank-blank role very well. Miltie is a great Christian role model. Poster boy for losers. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Now he’s somebody else’s problem.

Bradley should be banned from MLB – first thing, we, as fans, pay him a huge pile of money to play the game. We know everyone has good days and bad days, but when you don’t even pay attention to the game, we don’t need you. Second, I have no interest what color his skin is, even if he does. He’s paid to play the game, not the race card, and every loyal Cubs fan has always evaluated players on how well they play the game. Third, his attitude sucks – like it or not, Lou is the boss – if you can’t work out your problems with your boss, just like the rest of us, you deserve to get canned. This was the same thing with Sosa and Baker a few years ago (though I’m pretty sure he didn’t try to say it was because of his heritage).

Of course, I could be wrong – maybe Kosuke should be complaining about the lack of Asians in MLB instead of working on his swing…

Maybe a few years back in the minors where players fight for their professional lives daily may teach Bradley some humility, as well as some basic skills he lost while calculating his financial portfolio….

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