The Bradley incident is, of course, the big news in the Padres blogosphere today. You can read about it at Ducksnorts, Friarwatch, Gaslampball, San Diego Spotlight, and I’m sure many other places. Here’s Corey Brock’s report from padres.com. From the article, 1b coach Bobby Meacham:
“In 26 years of baseball, I couldn’t believe my ears the way that he spoke to Milton. [It] was so disrespectful, so angry, so vindictive. The boiling point is when he called Milton a name. Milton did not saying anything to him to get him to do that.”
Brock has a follow-up today with news that Bradley is gone for the year. Ken Rosenthal, just piling on at this point, reports that Mike Cameron may miss the rest of the season and possibly the playoffs, as well.
That’s two of the Padres’ three best players gone for the year (though, I guess Cam could come back). Anyway, I guess before going any futher, I’ll throw in my two sense on the Bradley fiasco. Here’s what I said on Friarwatch, before reading about the situation any further …
It seemed to me that Bradley wanted to keep it going and had opportunities to just end it and play ball. Now, if the ump said something ridiculous, I guess that’s another story. But there’s no way to tell at this point. I also agree that he probably won’t be back next year. I think the Padres are willing to take chances on player like him, but he’s gone a little overboard. I liked him coming in and I still do. Sometimes, though, enough is enough. He’s a fine (borderline great) player when on the field. The injuries and off (or on) field headaches are just too much. We’ll see if they bring him back, but like you, I think the chances are pretty slim at this point.
I’ll change my tune a little, considering that it looks like Winters was out of line. Still, with Bradley, it always does seem like something is going on and that things could blow up at any moment. I wish him the best of luck getting healthy and getting his career back on track, but I’d be surprised if it happens here.
Meanwhile, the Padres have gone from a borderline lock for the playoffs, to fighting for their lives down the stretch. BP’s playoff odds report now gives them a 44% chance of making the post-season. The Phils, according to BP, actually have a better chance at 48%. But at this point, you can pretty much throw those numbers out the window. It comes down to one week. Who’s going to play better for one week with their season on the line?
With a slim half game wild card lead, the Padres have 3 games left in San Fran and 4 in Milwaukee to close out the season. The Phillies close with 3 at home against Atlanta and Washington.
I had a lot of faith in Terrmel Sledge in the beginning of the year. Sledge, for the most part, has disappointed. He’s likely going to be called upon again here, along with Scott Hairston and Brady Clark, to deliver in a crucial stretch. I think (read: hope) that Sledge will turn it on and play a big part in the stretch run.
Chris Young will go tonight against Barry Zito as the final chapter in the 07 season begins. All hope has seemingly disappeared, but in one week anything can happen.