Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Hendry: Bradley should look in mirror
MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Wednesday it's time for Milton Bradley to look in the mirror and accept responsibility for his unsuccessful season in Chicago last year.
Milton Bradley questioned whether some hate mail he received came from within the Cubs organization.
Hendry, manager Lou Piniella and some Cubs players responded to an interview Bradley did with ESPN's Colleen Dominguez on Tuesday.
During the interview, Bradley described the atmosphere in Chicago as so negative that he felt like a prisoner in his own home because he didn't want to venture out. Bradley talked about the difficulties he perceived for African-American players in Chicago, unless they were the caliber of Ernie Banks or Andre Dawson.
Bradley also talked about receiving hate mail with no postage mark, and when asked if he thought it come from within the organization, Bradley said: "I would hope not, but ... who knows? I don't know. I don't even care to know."
Hendry responded adamantly.
"That's absolutely ridiculous," Hendry said. "That couldn't be farther from the truth. I think it's time maybe Milton looked at himself in the mirror. It is what it is. He didn't swing the bat; he didn't get the job done. His production was the only negative, or lack of."