Major League Baseball reduced Milton Bradley’s suspension for bumping home plate umpire Larry Vanover from 2 games to 1 game. Milton Bradley was set to serve the suspension on Friday, but the Cubs-Astros game was rained out. As such, he will serve the 1-game suspension on Saturday.
GM Jim Hendry did not agree with the ruling and felt like MLB should drop the suspension altogether. “I personally don’t agree with that. I didn’t think his actions warranted any suspension at the time and as weeks have gone by, I still feel that way.”
Back on April 16th, Bradley had been bother by a groin injury and had yet to take an at-bat as a Cub at Wrigley Field. Manager Lou Pinella sent Bradley up as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded and only 1 out. After starting the count 3-0, Bradley was eventually called out on strikes by Vanover and Bradley did not like the call. After arguing with Vanover, the brim of Bradley’s helmet made contact with Vanover, resulting in an ejection from the game and the 2-game suspension.
Bradley has been hitting better of late – he has a 7-game hitting streak with 2 home runs, 6 RBI’s and 6 runs scored during that span. The Cubs will need to continue to get good production from Bradley if they expect to vie for the NL Central crown for the 3rd straight season.