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.
This morning Major League Baseball announced a new elite league for high school baseball players who are likely to be drafted. It’s called the Prospect Development Pipeline League. It’ll start next summer and it’ll invite 80 of the best current high school juniors to play in a league in Florida from June through early July, culminating in an All-Star Game during MLB’s All-Star week.
The idea behind the league: to combat the current system in which a couple of pay-to-play, for-profit showcase leagues dominate the pre-draft season. Major League Baseball, schools and a lot of players’ parents have criticized this system because it favors rich kids who can afford to play in them. Major League Baseball is also likely quite keen on having greater control over the training, health and physical monitoring of prospects.
As Jeff Passan notes in his report about this, there will be a component of the program which involves live data-tracking of players during games and drills. Major League Baseball has become increasingly interested in such things but is limited in how much it can do in this regard due to labor agreements. There is no such impediment with high schoolers. Your mileage will vary when it comes to how you feel about that, I presume.