Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Player Profile: Milton Bradley

posted by Jon Williams
Milton At Bat
Fantasy Impact:

Milton Bradley should be the regular right-fielder for the Oakland Athletics this year. He has good not great speed and likes to steal bases even though he isn't very good at it. He has good not quite great plate discipline. He may tend to hit on the low side in batting average but it shouldn't be so low that his counting stats don't make up for it. He has good power that he hasn't fully displayed yet.
Injuries have been a problem but nothing that should be a long term problem. We have yet to see the very best of Milton Bradley. If Bradley can stay on the field by avoiding injuries and suspensions he could put up a career year in Oakland. The Oakland lineup should provide plenty of baserunners to drive in and nice protection in the lineup.
2006 UPSIDE: .290avg / 25 homeruns / 5 stolen bases
Background:
Milton Bradley has battled issues with his attitude since he entered pro-ball in the Expos system. But I think its important to understand exactly what issues Bradley has as opposed to what attitudes he is percieved to have.
Milton Bradley
The robber had just burst into a Safeway supermarket, stuck his gun against Charlina Rector's head and snapped, "B----, gimme the money." Rector, the cashier, folded her arms and stared right back at him. "My momma didn't raise no b----," she said. "Get your own damn money." The man fumbled with the register, took the cash and scrammed.
Charlina Rector is Milton Bradley's mother and her attitude is exactly the attitude her son has which is take no shit from anyone. Read this article about Milton Bradley while he was with the Indians. Believe it or not Milton Bradley has mellowed. He really only has one huge problem remaining: if you poke him, he pokes back. Fans threw bottles at Milton Bradley and he threw them back. Jeff Kent called him for not being on the field and for his style of play. he responded by throwing a bottle (a plastic harmless bottle) back at the feet of fans. He responded to Jeff Kent by announcing things about Jeff Kent that coming from just about any other player would surprise no one. The Media in LA was determined to tear down the DePodesta Dodgers and Bradley was the center piece. If Bradley is left alone he'll prove himself a great baseball player and not too bad a guy.


Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2000 MON 42 154 20 34 8 1 2 15 14 32 2 1 .221 .288 .325 .613
2001 MON 67 220 19 49 16 3 1 19 19 62 7 4 .223 .288 .336 .624
2001 CLE 10 18 3 4 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 1 .222 .300 .278 .578
2002 CLE 98 325 48 81 18 3 9 38 32 58 6 3 .249 .317 .406 .723
2003 CLE 101 377 61 121 34 2 10 56 64 73 17 7 .321 .421 .501 .923
2004 LA 141 516 72 138 24 0 19 67 71 123 15 11 .267 .362 .424 .786
2005 LAD 75 283 49 82 14 1 13 38 25 47 6 1 .290 .350 .484 .835
Career 534 1893 272 509 115 10 54 233 227 398 54 28 .269 .350 .426 .776

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