Former major leaguer Milton Bradley has been named a suspect in a domestic violence investigation, according to TMZ Sports. Bradley allegedly hit a woman in his home during a heated argument on Sunday and the cops were called. He was not in his home when the cops arrived.
This is not Bradley’s first DV incident. He was sentenced to 32 months in jail for domestic violence against his then-wife (who died of cirrhosis of the liver shortly thereafter) in 2013 and began serving in 2015.
Bradley also had plenty of anger issues in the context of baseball, as he famously didn’t get along with some other players and coaches, as well as umpires. The former outfielder played parts of 12 injury-riddled seasons in the majors with the Indians, Athletics, Dodgers, Expos, Mariners, Rangers, Padres, and Cubs.
The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.
The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.