Milton's Meltdowns: A Look At Some Of Bradley's Worst Outbursts
Every Baseball fan knows Milton Bradley for one thing. Unfortunately, it's not for his playing ability.
With his newest club, Seattle, Bradley is batting just .222, with two home runs and 12 RBI.
He is also getting paid $11 million.
Bradley has been with eight different teams throughout his ten years in the majors. It seems he can't find a good fit.
Are these teams paying Bradley for his bat, or for pure entertainment?
Press conferences have never been Bradley's strong suit.
Here is Bradley, after a game against the Nationals, fielding some questions from reporters.
The quote gems from this interview include a question about his feelings about Cubs fans to which Bradley replied "I love me."
Breaking Bats Over His Knee
When you strike out, it's normal to get angry.
Although anger is usually connected with frustration, most players won't reveal too much. They know they will have another shot.
Sometimes a player will throw his bat, show frustration through gestures or facial expressions, or even argue with the umpire.
Bradley has cornered the market on strikeout meltdowns.
Here, with the Padres, he demonstrates how NOT to react after striking out against Brandon Webb.
Breaking Bats On the Plate
On opening day 2010, Bradley went 0-3, with two walks and two strikeouts.
Not a great day for a free agent who was supposed to make some noise in Seattle.
But it's only opening day, right? There are plenty of games left in the season. There's no reason to get heated.
Well, if you though that, you were wrong.
Throwing Ball Bag Onto the Field
On June 4 2004, Bradley had one of the more famous meltdowns of his career.
After arguing balls and strikes, Bradley was tossed from the game, against Milwaukee, in the sixth inning.
Surprisingly, he didn't take the ejection lightly.
Bradley promptly stormed over to the dugout and threw the ball bag onto the field.
He also decided it to toss one onto the warning track.
After the ball boys had collected the stray balls, and the last pitch was thrown, the Brewers won the game 4-1.
Bradley Tears ACL
While playing with the Padres in 2007, Bradley tore his ACL in one of the most bizarre events in baseball history.
In a September game against the Rockies, he reached first base with a single.
Bradley had a few words with the first base umpire. Eventually, like a ticking time bomb, he exploded.
Bradley went after the first base umpire, and was tossed from the game. But not before falling awkwardly and sustaining a season ending injury.
Throws Ball Into Stands With Two Outs
This example is less of a meltdown, and more of a mental mistake.
In June of last year, Bradley's Cubs were playing the Twins when Bradley caught a Joe Mauer fly ball.
Bradley thought he had secured the third out. In fact, there were still only two outs.
Bradley paused, and tossed the ball into the stands.
"That's life. These people [Cubs fans] have high expectations. I have high expectations for myself. I never made a mistake like that in my life. Sue me."
Beer Bottles Into Stands
In 2004, while playing for the Dodgers, Bradley was hit by a beer bottle while playing the outfield in a game against the Rockies.
Instead of just having the fan ejected by notifying security, Bradley walked over to the stands, and threw the bottle into the front row.
Bradley was promptly ejected from the game, fined an undisclosed amount, and suspended for the rest of the regular season.