Milton Bradley Pleads For Help From Mariners
After walking out on his team in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Milton Bradley apparently has asked the Seattle Mariners to help him deal with "emotional stress", according to manager Don Wakamatsu.
Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wednesday that the controversial Bradley would be out indefinitely until he could receive some outside help to address his issues.
"It's come to a head," Zduriencik said.
After the game against the Rays on Tuesday night, some of Bradley's teammates described his mind set as "not good."
Bradley called Wakamatsu on Wednesday morning to ask for a meeting with him and Zduriencik.
In the meeting, Bradley admitted to needing some help. This in stark contrast to blaming the Chicago fans for running him out of Chicago during his tenure with the Cubs in 2009.
"The fact he has stood up and asked for us to help him, I think, is an extremely important step for him as a young man," Zduriencik said.
The pressure has apparently been bothering him this season because he is under performing. So far, Bradley has only managed to hit .214 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 21 games.
Zduriencik said he spoke to Bradley's agent and "they are happy and are on board with this."
"He's going through some things in his life right now that are very personal and very emotional," Zduriencik said. "We firmly believe that we manage people first. Certainly we are about winning baseball games ... but most important is the employees that work with us. We will join together and help him receive the assistance that he needs."
Via Associated Press