Milton Bradley Has No Excuse for Poor Performance This Year

Tony ArnoldineCorrespondent IMay 25, 2009

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

Milton Bradley has been off to a pretty rough start in his first year with the Chicago Cubs, but he has a reason for why he is only hitting .188 with four home runs and nine RBI.

It's not his fault, of course, According to Bradley. He says umpires are widening the strike zone when he hits as a way of getting back for him for arguing with an umpire a month ago.

"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 told 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."

Sounds logical, right? No, no it doesn't.

It's just like the kid who always fails in high school and then says it's because the teacher hates him, not because he didn't do any work and never came to class.

Bradley has been involved in incident after incident, including more famous ones where he tore his ACL after arguing with an ump and then last year when he tried to confront a Royals announcer in the booth after a game.