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Carlos Silva: Comeback Player of the Year?

99055020.jpg.13158_croppedhen the Cubs traded Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners, they expected to get nothing more than a really expensive paperweight in return, and as far as they knew, Carlos Silva was just that.

After all, Silva consistently pitches horribly, and hasn’t had a good season since 2005 when he went 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA. That’s not exactly an All Star season, but it’s the best season he’s ever had.

Well, it was the best season he’s ever had, until this season. Read the rest of this entry »

An In-Depth View of Milton Bradley’s ESPN Interview

Milton BradleyLet’s take a look at an alternate universe, one where nobody ever has to take accountability, then gets to do an interview on a major network without being asked about your play.

It’s a world where, if you screw up, the world is just against you. It’s not your fault. Why should you take the blame when people are trying to hold you down?

This is the world that former-Cub Milton Bradley lives in, and he has been showing it to the world the past week, with an interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez.

Let’s take a look at this interview comment by comment from Milton Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »

A Look Back at the Chicago Cubs’ Off-Season

Marlon ByrdThe Cubs were pretty quite this past off-season. They didn’t make too many moves, and the ones that they did make were more to sure up the bench rather than to provide a punch to the lineup.

They were, however, able to get rid of last season’s big mistake. Milton Bradley will be ruining the Seattle Mariners this season, after his work of art in Chicago.

However, if you ask Bradley, it was Chicago that ruined him, not the other way around, just ask the wordsmith known as Milton.

“Two years ago, I played, and I was good. I go to Chicago, not good.”

So lets see if Bradley returns to “good” this season, it should be interesting.

However, the Cubs didn’t just get rid of Bradley, they also found a couple of players who will come in and be pivotal to helping the Cubs try to get back to the top of the NL Central. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Go Away Mad, Milton Bradley, Just Go Away

2175_feature“I’m talking about hatred, period. I’m talking about when I go to eat at a restaurant. I’ve got to listen to the waiters badmouthing me at another table, sitting in a restaurant. That’s what I’m talking about. Everything.”

You are a tool, Milton Bradley. Fans aren’t booing you because you are black; they are booing you because you are BAD. And not bad as in “baaaaad,” but bad as in you suck.

Sure, you’re starting to hit now, but it’s too little, too late. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Look Now, But The Cubbies Might Just Have What It Takes

1A little over half way to the end of the season, the Cubs have finally jumped past the St. Louis Cardinals and stole the division lead.

Before the All-Star Break, the Cubs split a four-game series with the Cards. Since the break, however, the Cubs are 8-2. The Cardinals are 4-6 since the break, including losing two of three against the Phillies in their most recent series.

The Cards now go from facing the defending champions to facing this season’s best team, the L.A Dodgers, in a four-game series. The Cubs face the Astros, and have a chance to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the division. Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Warja’s Thoughts From a Wacky Cubs Week

1Cubs catcher Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana at the WBC

Let me start by saying that in my world, this is not that big a deal. Yes, the drug is illegal, but to me, it is relatively harmless, especially when compared with harder drugs.

Still, I found Geo’s explanation that this was “an isolated incident” to be borderline ridiculous. Read the rest of this entry »

Come to Think of It…Note to Milton Bradley, Each Inning has Three Outs

17I guess expecting Milton Bradley to show up and stay focused for nine innings is asking too much for $10 million a year. At least it was Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The oft-injured disappointment should have stayed in bed, because he had the kind of day that one would just as soon forget. No wait, he has had an entire season like that, come to think of it.

The Cubs offense was once again out to lunch during the first five innings of their 7-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. But even a three-spot in the sixth inning wasn’t enough to overcome Bradley’s three gaffes. Read the rest of this entry »

Are the Cubs Back on Track?

18The Cubs have been one of baseball’s big disappointments this season.

The only team that has underachieved more has been the Yankees, but since A-Rod came back, they have been on a tear, which leaves the Cubs all alone.

However, through the past five games, they have gone 4-1, which may be an anomaly in a disappointing season, but it could also start to signal change.

However, the Cubs haven’t been pulling off small, one-run wins.  They have won three of their past four wins by at least three runs. Read the rest of this entry »

Come to Think of It…The Reality of Milton Bradley’s Conspiracy Theories

14So, Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley thinks the umps are against him in retaliation for an incident last month that resulted in a one-game suspension.

Come on, Milton, shut up, grow up, and most of all, show up.

Bradley said the umps are forcing him to swing at bad pitches because of a widened strike zone. Excuses, excuses.

“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.” Read the rest of this entry »

Come to Think of It…Why Isn’t Milton Bradley on the DL?

14Look, I’m no Oliver Stone wannabe.

But the conspiracy theorist in me says that Milton Bradley’s contract plays a role in all this.

What other plausible explanation is there as to why the Chicago Cubs haven’t disabled the gimpy Milton Bradley?

The man can’t run, he can’t play the outfield and the weather in Chicago is awful right now.

Ah, but there’s a clause in The Game’s contract that guarantees the third year of his deal if he plays in so many games.

75 games, to be precise.

And even a pinch-hit appearance counts as a game played.

Apparently Jim Hendry and Bradley’s agent had so little faith in Milton’s ability to stay healthy that they decided 75 games was a worthy barometer for him to strive for.

Let me ask you a question: is 75 games worth $10 million? Apparently the Cubs think so.

By setting the bar so low, the Cubs have effectively let it be known that they fully expect Bradley to miss a lot of time. Which is understandable, I guess, given his injury-riddled history.

But this is exactly why I hate clauses like this in a contract. They put a manager in a tough position.

Don’t you think Lou could use an extra man on the roster right now instead of Mr. Hop-a-long?

Even when he pinch hits, you have to burn another player because you have to pinch-run for Bradley.

Uh, that is, if he makes it to first base. That is something Milton hasn’t been doing much of this year so far.

The Cubs had previously announced that MB would make his starting debut at home in tonight’s game against Dusty Baker’s Reds. If there is a game, however.

But even if the Cubs defy the elements and play tonight, no way does Bradley play. Not in these horrible conditions. The weathermen are calling for upper 30s and a snow/rain mix tonight.

Still we see ol’ Milt sitting on the bench, biding his time. It makes little sense to me.

Bradley is certainly not the only player affected by contract status.

Matt Wieters and Gordon Beckham are in the minors in order to delay their arbitration clocks. The same thing happened to Evan Longoria last year, until he coincidentally agreed to a long-term deal.

Money drives these kinds of decisions; they are not baseball decisions. And count me among those who do not agree with those decisions.

Then again, maybe there’s a reason I’m not running a team, come to think of it.

-Bob Warja