Friday morning brings us a couple of snappy items swiped from Baseball Think Factory’s maestro of the hyperlink, Repoz.
Pilfered item no. 1 ) The LA Times’ T.J. Simers, just chilling with Oakland’s Milton Bradley.
We chatted and argued at length, though, just as we did throughout his stay in L.A., and he told me I was wrong about something, and I reminded him I’m never wrong, which made him wrong, and he laughed. Milton Bradley laughing ” alert the media.
He’s starting over again with the A’s, traded by the Dodgers, he believes, because problems in his marriage, including calling the police, became public.
“I just find it interesting and convenient that all this stuff that happened with my family was known in June and July, but it didn’t come out until after my problem with [Jeff] Kent,” he said. “As long as I was playing and doing fine for the Dodgers, it was covered up, but as soon as they didn’t want me ¦ “
The Dodgers are doing just fine, so there’s no outcry about Bradley’s departure. Yet, he was the team’s nominee last year for the Roberto Clemente Award for community contributions ” then left town because the Dodgers didn’t believe he fit in their clubhouse.
“They swore they wanted character guys, but then they signed a DUI guy and a guy sleeping with a reporter and that’s fine,” Bradley said, “but I got character issues?”
Pilfered item no. 2) The Washington Post’s Barry Svlurga reports that former Yankees/Rangers reliever John Wetteland has been relieved of his duties with the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals fired bullpen coach John Wetteland (above, right) yesterday, a move made at the behest of Manager Frank Robinson, who said he could no longer put up with what he considered to be a long line of transgressions and insubordination that was affecting the chemistry of his relief corps.
“They seem to focus a little bit more on practical jokes and fooling around out there in the bullpen rather than focusing and concentrating on the game, and keeping their minds focused to what they would have to do when they came into the ballgame to get people out,” Robinson said after yesterday’s 8-1 loss to Colorado. “I just couldn’t put up with it anymore. I talked to John on a number of occasions and told him flat-out what I needed and how I wanted things done. He just didn’t seem to understand.”
Several club sources said Wetteland encouraged pranks among the relievers, and they started with firecrackers in spring training that were set off in the bullpen during Grapefruit League games and in the clubhouse. One source said the clubs in each of the first four cities the Nationals played in this season complained to Major League Baseball about damage to their bullpen sustained when Washington was in town. Two sources said the most egregious misdeed came in Philadelphia, where Wetteland was involved in an attempt to disassemble a video camera.
Vince Coleman, unavailable for comment.