Quote of the Day: Milton Bradley

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“Two years ago, I played, and I was good. I go to
Chicago, not good. I’ve been good my whole career. So, obviously, it
was something with Chicago, not me.”

Yesterday it was stats vs. scouts. Today it’s Bradley vs. Chicago. Enough with the Cub-related false dichotomies already. Can’t we all just agree that everyone was wrong at times and behaved poorly and move on with life?

That said, I suspect that Milton Bradley will own up to his poor behavior in Chicago before anyone with the Cubs, the fanbase or in the Chicago press will own up to theirs. Might take a couple decades, but I bet Bradley is first.

Melvin Upton released by the Giants

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have released outfielder Melvin Upton. He requested his release.

Upton, who turned 33 yesterday, signed with San Francisco in early April after the Blue Jays released him. It was a minor league deal. After recovering from a rash of minor injuries, Upton batted .244/.306/.333 in 12 games at Triple-A Sacramento. There was no indication that the Giants were going to call him up. I presume that, back when they signed him, they figured they’d be contending and could maybe use a veteran bat. That’s obviously not the case anymore.

I suppose it’s possible that someone gives Upton a look when rosters expand in eight days, but I figure it’s more likely that we’ll next see him as he fights to make a team on a minor league deal next spring.

Carlos Santana left last night’s game with back tightness

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Andrew Miller leaving last night’s Indians-Red Sox game got all the press, but the Indians lost another key player in the game as well: Carlos Santana. He was forced to leave after going 0-for-3. There was no followup announcement after the game, so he’s likely being reevaluated.

Santana is hitting .250/.355/.446 on the year, but he’s been pretty hot of late, hitting .375 with a couple of homers in the past week.