Former MLB player and controversial figure Milton Bradley was charged with with 13 misdemeanor counts including assault with a deadly weapon against his soon-to-be former wife Monique Bradley yesterday. Bradley faces a maximum of 13 years in jail. Bradley remains free on bail pending a January 24th arraignment.
Bradley swears his innocence and is fighting the charges. The couple is currently going through a nasty divorce. The matter is even more complicated because of custody concerns related to their two children. Bradley’s track record in baseball may lead many of us to doubt his claim.
Bradley was always one of baseball’s most talented but disappointing players. When he kept things together, he was a productive player. But various on-and-off the field issues sidetracked a promising career. In 12 MLB seasons, he played for eight teams. His best season came with the Texas Rangers in 2008 with a .321 batting average and 22 home runs. This led to former Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry to give Bradley a three-year deal much to the surprise of everyone. Bradley failed miserably for the Cubs and ultimately cost Hendry his job in Chicago. The switch-hitting Bradley had his moments, but his constant battles with managers, umpires, teammates and organizations made him one of the game’s most toxic players. It shows the kind of talent he had that teams were willing to give him chances.
Bradley last played for the Seattle Mariners in 2011 before being released. While some teams expressed minimal interest in inviting Bradley to spring training, this latest development has killed that opportunity.