Ron Washington Would Take Milton Bradley Back
Rangers manager Ron Washington endorsed Bradley, even in the wake of his latest problems.
"I wouldn't hesitate to get him," Washington said.
Bradley's tenure with the Cubs is likely over after the team suspended him for the final two weeks of the season because of a pattern of problems with the fans and the media.
He has passed through Cleveland, Los Angeles (Dodgers), Oakland, San Diego, Texas and now Chicago, and the only place where he apparently didn't burn any bridges was with the Rangers.
Before Texas played the A's on Monday, Washington said he thought having Bradley was "awesome."
"He did a great job for me," Washington said. "It wasn't my first rodeo with Milton. I knew Milton."
Washington was the A's third base coach in 2006, when Bradley played in Oakland.
"I aint never had a problem with Milton because I was always honest with him," Washington said. "If I didn't like what he was doing, I let him know. I didn't let anything fester with Milton. All Milton wants is people to tell him the truth, to be honest with him. He's no dummy. He knows when he's [screwing] up."
Rangers third baseman Michael Young said he had no issues with Bradley, either.
"A lot of guys like Milton," Young said. "I'm pretty sure if you ask guys in Chicago they'd say they like him. I don't know what's going on in Chicago, so I can't really comment on it."
Young added that he was "surprised" that Bradley would have trouble in the first year of a three-year deal with a team that had plenty of talent.
Apparently the only other person who was surprised was Cubs GM Jim Hendry.