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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Milton Bradley Charges the TV Booth

When the term “anger management” was coined, I’m sure the person had Milton Bradley in mind. This is a guy who was one of the nicest dudes I’ve ever been around in an MLB clubhouse. But for some reason, he has a short fuse, and when it gets lit, man, does he blow like nobody else. He had yet another uncontrollable blowup following Wednesday night’s game when he burst out of the clubhouse to track down Royals TV announcer, Ryan Lefebvre. Bradley had to be chased down and restrained by GM Jon Daniels, as well as manager Ron Washington (presumably in between sips of his postgame Crown Royal victory elixir).

Bradley, who was Texas’ designated hitter, apparently heard some comments from Lefebvre while he was in the clubhouse between at-bats. Lefebvre insisted he wasn’t singling out Bradley.

“From what I remember, we were complimenting Josh Hamilton and how he’s turned his life around and been accountable for his mistakes,” Lefebvre said. “Frank [White] and I were just having a conversation that it’s a shame it doesn’t appear Milton Bradley is doing the same in his life.”

“He was upset,” Daniels said. “Somebody that doesn’t know him was effectively passing judgment on TV. The guy’s been a tremendous teammate and a good guy for us and it’s obvious he was hurt by those comments.”

Just like a ticking time bomb. So predictable. I don’t know what this dude’s problem is, but he’s another one who should just be living in a bubble. Don’t read newspapers or magazines, don’t listen to the radio, and don’t watch TV. Don’t go out anywhere. Just stay at home, go to and from the park and do your thing on the field. That’s the best thing for you, Milton. That is, if you want to actually play a complete season in the Major Leagues. As for Lefebvre, he’s someone who has gone through some serious psychological issues (link is to PDF) in the past. I would guess he’d be pretty empathetic towards both Hamilton and Bradley.

UPDATE: Here’s what Lefebvre said that set Milty off.



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