3/10 Hendry to Bradley: 'Look in the mirror'
GM Jim Hendry says Milton Bradley’s implication that someone inside the Cubs organization sent him hate mail last year was “absolutely ridiculous” and the outfielder needs to “look in the mirror.”
In an interview with ESPN, Bradley said he received hate mail while with the Cubs that wasn’t stamped, suggesting it might have been sent by someone inside. Bradley felt he was a “prisoner in his own home,” and 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.
Hendry said Bradley never said anything to anyone in the Cubs organization about getting hate mail from inside the organization until the interview, which aired Tuesday night.
“That’s absolutely ridiculous,” Hendry said Wednesday. “That couldn’t be farther from the truth. I think it’s time maybe Milton looks himself in the mirror. It is what is it, he just didn’t swing the bat and didn’t get the job done. His production, or lack of, was the only negative.”
If the problem is racial, Hendry said, why did both Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee say they want to end their careers with the Cubs? And, if there was a problem in Chicago, why would Kevin Millar and Marlon Byrd, who are both represented by the same agents as Bradley, the Levinson brothers, have signed with the Cubs?
“It’s really unfortunate you get to that situation where you reflect the lack of production in the year you’re here and try to use other things as excuses,” Hendry said.
— Carrie Muskat