Chicago Cubs

Umps Out to Get Bradley?

MILWAUKEE - APRIL 10: Milton Bradley #21 of the Chicago Cubs looks at a high pitch during the Opening Day game against the Milwaukee Brewers  on April 10, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2009

Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley told reporters Sunday that umpires are forcing him to swing at bad pitches by widening his strike zone. Bradley, suspended for one game for allegedly bumping an umpire last month, said other umps were getting back at him for the incident.

"Unfortunately, I just think it's a lot of "Oh, you did this to my colleague," or "We're going to get him any time we can," Bradley said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "As soon as he gets two strikes, we're going to call whatever and see what he does. Let's try to ruin Milton Bradley."

I wonder if the Cubs will come out and support Bradley on this. Bradley has done a lot of talking this season, despite hitting just .188 with four home runs in 96 at-bats. The Cubs signed Bradley to a three year deal worth $30 million, so he might be hard to move this season. But if Bradley continues to talk and not hit, expect him to be out of Chicago pretty quickly.

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