Hendry ends Bradley's season
Jim Hendry (AP)
Jim Hendry (AP)

Posted Sep 21, 2009


The Cubs have had enough. After putting up with right fielder Milton Bradley's bad behavior all season, they suspended him for the rest of the season Sunday for conduct detrimental to the team. It's not known whether Bradley will be paid.

The final straw apparently came when Bradley talked about "negativity" in Chicago, referring to the fans, the media and the organization.

"And you understand why they haven't won in 100 years here, because it's negative," Bradley told the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights (Ill.) Saturday. "You go out there and you play harder than anybody on the field and never get credit for it. It's just negativity."

GM Jim Hendry said he met with Bradley Sunday at the team hotel and gave him the news.

"Basically, there's been a lot of issues that we've all lived with during the year, but the last few days became too much for me to tolerate, to be honest with you," Hendry said.

"I'm certainly not going to let our great fans become an excuse. I'm not going to tolerate not being able to answer questions from the media respectfully. I'm not going to allow disrespect to other people in that locker room and uniformed personnel."

Manager Lou Piniella, who has lamented Bradley's lack of RBI production (he ends his season with 40), said he supports the decision.

"I support Jim's decision entirely," Piniella said. "I read some of his comments. I can tell you this, that I've been here three years, and I feel blessed that I've been able to spend three wonderful years here in Chicago."

Pitcher Ryan Dempster said Bradley should look in the mirror. All year long, Cubs players had a tough time trying to understand Bradley.

"It's just hard for me to believe that you can come to this city and come to this organization and not enjoy your time here," outfielder Reed Johnson said.

NOTES, QUOTES

--OF Tyler Colvin, the Cubs' No. 1 draft choice in 2006, will be called up from Class AA Tennessee (Kodak) in time for Monday's game at Milwaukee to take the spot of Bradley. Colvin began the season at Class A Daytona after having Tommy John surgery in the offseason. After being promoted to Double-A, he batted .300 with 14 homers and 50 RBI. He had a .334 OBP and a .524 slugging percentage.

--CF Kosuke Fukudome hit his head on the wall in the first inning Sunday night as he made a running catch to rob Ryan Ludwick of an extra-base hit with two men on. The trainers looked at Fukudome, but he was OK.

"He had the imprints of the wall a little bit on his forehead," Piniella said. "It was a heck of play. I accused the interpreter of trying to get some TV time."

BY THE NUMBERS: 44 — Since the start of the 2007 season, LHP Ted Lilly has turned in 44 victories with the Cubs. That was most among NL pitchers through Sept. 18.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Listen, sitting in my office here and just having a bottle of cold water, it helps me relax a little bit and you all can't get my goat as easy, you know?" -- Piniella, about talking to the media after tough losses.

ROSTER REPORT

--RHP Carlos Zambrano struck out six in six innings. He has 1,310 in his career, and he passed Greg Maddux for fifth most in team history. Zambrano's quality start was the Cubs' third of this series — Lilly and Ryan Dempster turned in quality starts in Cubs losses.

--OF So Taguchi, called up from the minor leagues last week, had a pinch single in the eighth inning and another single in the 10th. It was his first multi-hit game since he had one for the Phillies last September.

--LF Jake Fox's homer in the 11th inning was the only Cubs home run of the series. A double by INF Andres Blanco in the fifth snapped the Cubs' 21-inning streak without an extra-base hit.


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