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September 26, 2007

Never doubt Milton Bradley again!

After what was clearly one of the strangest incidents in the history of baseball, on Sunday, Milton Bradley, who has had a few…how shall we say…”incidents” in the past, was not only ejected by 1st base umpire Mike Winters, but he also inadvertently had his ACL torn by his manager, Bud Black, when Black tried to restrain Bradley (Bradley will now miss the rest of the season). Afterwards, Bradley had this to say about the incident,

“…[It was]the most unprofessional and most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen…It’s terrible. And now, because of him, my knee’s hurt…If this costs me my season because of that, he needs to be reprimanded. I’m taking some action. I’m not going to stand pat and accept this because I didn’t do nothing wrong.”

As most of you probably already know, the whole incident started after a Bradley strike out in the 5th inning, of a game between the Padres and Rockies, when Winters thought Bradley tossed his bat at home plate umpire Brian Runge. After Bradley singled in the 7th inning, he got to first base and asked Winters if he told Runge that he (Bradley) threw his bat at Runge. Winters said he did say that, and all hell broke loose. Padres first base coach Bobby Meacham tried to restrain Bradley, and when he was unable to do so, Black grabbed a hold of Bradley as well, taking him to the ground, when Bradley subsequently injured his knee.

So, who was in the wrong in this crazy situation? Mike Winters. Major League Baseball has suspended Mike Winters for the rest of the season. The reason given? For using profanity aimed at Bradley. All I can say is, never doubt Milton Bradley again. It’s kind of funny how people build up a reputation, and they are just automatically blamed (or praised depending on the situation) just based off of their past experiences.

The craziest part about this whole situation? Mike Winters could have just cost the Padres a chance at the playoffs (especially with Mike Cameron getting hurt earlier in the game).  Even worse for Bradley?  This will certainly impact his free agency status (he will be a free agent at the end of the year.  Bradley is represented by Seth Levinson of ACES (athletes careers enhanced and secured, INC.)  you can find contact information for ACES here (the listing is for his brother Sam Levinson)

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ESPN: Rockies vs. Padres recap

ESPN: Bradley done, Cameron limited with torn ligament

ESPN: Umpire in Bradley blowup suspended


September 22, 2007

Barry Bonds…future American League DH

It’s like Willie Mays all over again…The Giants decided to part ways with Barry Bonds yesterday.  Giants owner Peter Magowan had a 90-minute with Bonds, before later informing the media that the Giants (67-87, 20 GB) would be going in a different direction in 2008.

Bonds himself said he was saddened, but respected the decision.  His blog entry on the topic can be read here.

So, what’s next for the homerun king?  It almost has to be a job as a DH in the American League.  Bonds will be 44 next season and as he’s already shown numerous times this season, his mobility in the field, and on the base paths is limited (at times during this year especially, he’s almost been a defensive liability).

I look for Bonds to go to Oakland and play a year or two, even though the Oakland DH position is crowded (Piazza, Cust) the A’s need some more power, with Cust leading the team with 25 home runs.  Other rumored suitors?  The Angels and the Rangers.

Bonds, who is the midst of a 1-year $16 million deal with the Giants, will probably have a similar contract, with maybe a slightly lower price tag, with is new team.  Barry Bonds is represented by Jeff Borris, of the Beverly Hills Sports Council.  They don’t seem to have a website, but their address can be found here.

Looking for something to do? go read about Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball…and how it might be headed into space.

MLB Official Site:  Barry’s Journal 

Yahoo! Sports:  Bye-bye Barry: Giants tell Bonds he won’t be back in ’08

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