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 Post subject: Milton Bradley
PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:36 pm 
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Huntington has mentioned going after a Righty-Power hitting corner OFer...

Given the season he had last year and a change in personality and temper what is everyone's thoughts on Milton Bradley in Pittsburgh?

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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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More expensive than Rivera, but I wouldn't mind seeing him, either.


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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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Ticking time bomb physically. Ticking time bomb emotionally.


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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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Kingston wrote:
Ticking time bomb physically. Ticking time bomb emotionally.

Yeah, but the guy can flat-out hit, and he's a decent defender too. If the Bucs can land him, he's worth that risk.

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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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Willton wrote:
Kingston wrote:
Ticking time bomb physically. Ticking time bomb emotionally.

Yeah, but the guy can flat-out hit, and he's a decent defender too. If the Bucs can land him, he's worth that risk.


If the Bucs had a high end prospect being blocked by such an acquisition, I'd be hesitant to bring in Bradley, but Pearce seems to be the only one affected by this move. I could live with that.


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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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Argentum wrote:
If the Bucs had a high end prospect being blocked by such an acquisition, I'd be hesitant to bring in Bradley, but Pearce seems to be the only one affected by this move. I could live with that.


Though Pearce could be moved to 1st if LaRoche is moved...

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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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Guys, Ive seen Bradley play, too, and I agree that when hes not going on the DL because he hurt himself yelling at an umpire hes a good player. But if theres any chance at all that Pearce can play well at the ML level, its worth giving him the steady at bats to find out,rather than wasting them on a guy wholl be long gone long before it matters. Sometimes having the discipline to stick to a long term strategy is difficult and frustrating, but thats exactly what we have to do.


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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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Kingston wrote:
Sometimes having the discipline to stick to a long term strategy is difficult and frustrating, but thats exactly what we have to do.


Yes, I think you're right.


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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:56 pm 
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WWDLD?

What would David Littlefield do?

Find the answer, then do the opposite.

Littlefield would ... sign a pricey vet like Bradley for one season, in the hope that the Pirates can reach 73 wins and save his job.

Milton Bradley is a fine hitter who benefits from what is one of the friendliest hitters parks this side of the Japanese League - Arlington Stadium. He had an 1.145 OPS at home, .872 away. His stats in PNC would probably not rise as high as .872.

He is not going to hit in the NL like he did at Arlington. He is also one bad call away from going berserk and ruining a season. I just do not see the upside to bringing in a one-year vet rental who is a head case and potential cancer to team morale.

Bringing in a guy who can hit and pinch hit, and give some quality at bats, in the form of a guy like Matt Stairs is fine. Stairs is not going to block somebody, or go berserk at an umpire or teammate. Bradley is not in the same boat.


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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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Kingston and Bucfan, two voices of reason.

It's all moot anyway as NH and Coonelly have stated that payroll will not go above $55 million this year. Bradley simply doesn't work from a financial point of view.


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 Post subject: Re: Milton Bradley
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A fair point. I let my affinity for good hitters get the best of me.

Though, I will say that Bradley's hitting was not a total product of Arlington Stadium. He hit quite well in Oakland and San Diego in 2007, which are places known to be pitchers' paradises. There's reason to believe that, like Teixeira, Bradley hit well in Texas because he's a damn good hitter.

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