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Milton Bradley says umpires have it out for him

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Thumbnail image for bradley screams.jpgCubs right fielder Milton Bradley is buoying a conspiracy theory in which major league umpires are calling more strikes on him in retaliation for his actions toward their colleague Larry Vanover earlier in the season.

"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 said, according to 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.'
Bradley said his approach at the plate would remain unchanged in the face of this perceived unfairness and went on to cite his long track record to support his thesis.
"What am I supposed to do?" he said, according to the Tribune. "You lead the American League in OPS [in 2008], and two years in the top three in the league in on-base percentage. All of a sudden now, I come to Chicago and I can't see the ball no more? I don't know a strike from a ball?
Do you think there is anything to Bradley's complaints or should he shut his mouth and start hitting?

Cubs' Bradley: Umpires retaliating     (ESPN)

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never was a good player-"tis a poor workman who blames his tools"

Are the umpires squeezing Milton Bradley?

Could be. But in my opinion, the WORST possible thing he could have done is to go public with his complaining. If he thinks the umps were tough on him before, they're going to be even tougher now. Dumb move, MB!

Let's see the results from the MLB cameras used to grade umps. If they're making more "mistakes" against Milton than other players, they should pay price.

When you look at what happened before he joined the Cubs, it's clear MB has problems with the Umpires and self control. He seems to believe that he is right and the Umpires are always wrong. The Cubs must have known what was going to happen when he was acquired. Crash and burn time is fast approaching. Hope it's not a broken bone this time.

Something is really wrong with Bradley. He is SO angry all the time; just not a pleasant person. I feel sorry for him, but at the same time, I have NO idea why the dumb old Cubs acquired him. I want Mark DeRosa back!!

MB has had friction everywhere he's ever been.

milton is a very good ballplayer who has brought most of his woes on himself. i would imagine that he doesn't get too many breaks from officials. hope the cubs enjoy him in the dugout...i know the indians didn't and thats why he isn't here any more,,,oh yeah and a little thing about skipping a traffic ticket, a few court dates, and a judge who had enough and threw him in jail

Going public probably doesn't help MB cause, but the strike zone is obviously and blatantly expanded when he bats.

Why is it that most Ebony-Americans, ALWAYS play the race card so often. Even Obama uses it quite a lot. Must not say a word about Ebonic Race, they are downtrodden and we should pity them. What ever they do is because they have been held "down" by Whitey. Bradley is a whiner and a poor one at that.

We just need to get rid of the guy, he doesnt know how to keep his mouth shut and just bat. It's that simple all the cubs are in a slump for now to include him. So like i said shut up and bat if they are picking on him I'm sure it will die down if he would just shut his mouth. The guy needs to go to anger management.

While I understand MB has had issues with umpires before on this one I totally agree with him about the umpires. Umpires for the most part do a fairly good job, however there are quite a few of them who have to be bigger than the game. Bob Davidson, Rob Drake, Dan Issonaga to name a few. What gets me is you very rarely hear of an umpire getting called in on the carpet for bad calls. Larry Vanover made 3 horrible strike calls against MB on the day in question. The situation that got MB suspended should have never happen in the first place because the umpire missed the calls not on one pitch but three. With a count on MB that started out 3-0. The batter before Bradley had also walked so it was not like the pitcher was around the plate in the first place.

MLB needs to look at these umpires who do stuff like this & either send them for refresher courses on pitch calling or send them to AAA like a player who plays bad. Umpires these days look for fights & bark at players. (case in point Bob Davidson last night against Dempster) but nothing is ever done about it. Doug Harvey whose nickname was The General. He would let you say your piece & say ok let's move on. I never saw him remove his mask & charge to a player barking at the player. The players & managers respected him. These days umpires need to earn respect just as the players do with the fans for hustle & playing good baseball. I guess we need to say Where had you gone Doug Harvey?

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