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Bradley appeal heard

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We may not know the results immediately, but Milton Bradley was to have his appeal of that two-game suspension heard today in Houston, via video conference with a major league baseball mediator (believed to be John McHale).

Bradley, of course, drew the suspension from longtime MLB discipline pal Bob Watson after arguing a called third strike from ump Larry Vanover so vigorously in his first Wrigley at-bat as a Cub that the bill of his helmet made contact with the bill of Vanover's cap in the April 16 incident.

Still seems like a pretty petty, bogus reason for a two-game suspension. But that said, this whole appeal thing should all be moot by now.

Bradley was limited to pinch-hitting at the time because of a groin strain and should have just swallowed his pride and ``principle'' and taken the suspension when it wouldn't have hurt the team.

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I disagree, Gordo. You appeal because for one, it's practically SOP with the union, and two, because Bradley was RIGHT. Not appealing means that they accept the decision, and that makes the Umps that much worse, IMO.

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