It's June. That means the weather is heating up. The kids are enjoying the beginning of summer vacation, and the Milton Bradley meltdown watch is in full swing.
It just came a little early this season.
Over his career, Bradley has gotten more press coverage for being a player with a career high of 67 RBI than anyone else in history. He has amazingly underachieved and imploded with stunning accuracy almost every year.
Bradley has worn out his welcome in every stop along his MLB journey. He is currently on his sixth MLB team in nine seasons.
That should set off alarms right there. There is a reason he keeps moving from team to team: He is a clubhouse cancer.
I had actually intended to write an article about how Bradley had actually started to produce so far this season and ask how long until he imploded. He beat me to it.
This latest incident should raise concerns for a Texas team with a young core of players that desperately need a leader and not a cancer.
According to reports, Bradley attempted to confront Royals television announcer Ryan Lefebvre in the press box following a game due to what he believed were unfair comments made on the air.
As the Rangers' DH, Bradley was able to watch the broadcast when he wasn't on the field and took offense to a comparison Lefebrve made between him and Josh Hamilton.
Manager Ron Washington and GM Jon Daniels chased after him and stopped Bradley before he got to Lefebvre, at which point Bradley returned to the clubhouse in tears and said, "All I want to do is play baseball and make a better life for my kid than I had, that's it," Bradley said to a quiet clubhouse. "I love all you guys. ... I'm strong, but I'm not that strong."
Nothing like making someone's point for him, is there Milton?
By acting like a junior high kid trying to beat everyone up, you just proved your critics right. Great job. This team gave you a chance just like the other six and this is how you repay them?
How about sending a member from Rangers media relations to set up an interview with Lefebvre so he can get to know you? Then maybe he would have come on the air and talked about meeting you, not having to be afraid of a bully like you.
Bradley has had these kind of incidents before from altercations with Cleveland Manager Eric Wedge, Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent, and Umpire Brian Runge to incidents with fans all across the big leauges.
He has not always instigated the incidents or even been in the wrong, but the shear number of incidents makes defending him a hard sell. Sound like a pitcher named Roger?
The trading deadline is July 31, and it is almost a certain lock that by then Bradley will be moving on to team number seven. To those fans and media I say good luck and don't forget to duck.
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