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Santo: Cubs won't miss Bradley

2/19/2010
Milton Bradley batted .257 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs with the Cubs last season. Shelly Castellano ICON SMI

The buzz in Chicago is that the Cubs' "team chemistry'' will be better now that disgruntled outfielder Milton Bradley has been traded to the Seattle Mariners. Veteran broadcaster Ron Santo certainly didn't dispute that notion in a talk with reporters in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday.

Santo said the mood in the clubhouse changed for the better in September, when the Cubs suspended Bradley for comments critical of the team and its fan base. In December, the Cubs traded Bradley to Seattle for pitcher Carlos Silva.

"I'm a very strong believer in a good chemstry, and there's nobody better than Lou Piniella when it comes to chemistry,'' Santo said. "But this was a tough situation when you bring in a man (Bradley) who's hopefully going to change. I couldn't understand the way he is. He's just not a happy man.

"When you start talking about the fans and Wrigley Field and how you can't wait to get off (the field), it's not good. It wasn't like he'd get on anybody in the clubhouse. He was always just kind of mad. He'd walk right by you and not even look at you. But that's over with now.''