Bradley was ejected for his reputation

not that Milton Bradley!Is Milton Bradley a lightning rod for controversy? In seeing replays of his pitch-batting strikeout, getting rung up on a ball clearly and indisputedly low and inside, it’s hard to accept why the league suspended him. Perhaps there was in fact some incidental contact during his seven second argument with home plate ump Larry Vanover. Does that not cancel out the blown call in a critical situation of the game? I contend that Milton Bradley was tossed from that game for his reputation.

I call on Larry Vanover himself to step up and admit he blew the call, and if the bill of Bradley’s cap brushed his forehead, then maybe he should take such an affront like a man and let it go. Sure, we are more likely to see a rainbow unicorn singing the National Anthem than an umpire make such a public statement. But that is exactly what he should do. Vanover’s blown call was a game-changer. Then Bradley gets the suspension which could potentially affect two more games. So Larry Vanover’s blown called third strike has an affect on three major league games. How fair is that?  If I were Vanover, I’d be humiliated by the whole thing.  

Instead, Bob Watson lays down the hammer with a 2-game suspension and a fine for Bradley. I agree the league has to defend their umpires from contact on the field. In this case, however, justice was not served.

Mike Bauman, national columnist for MLB.com wrote an article well worth reading on this matter.

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    April 19, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: controversy, game day, players

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