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Milton Bradley, Game Over

In Last Expo Standing, Uncategorized on May 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

While former Expos Bartolo Colon (2-1) & Bruce Chen (4-1) get set to square off in the upcoming Royals-Yankees series the baseball world weeps as one more Montreal Expos is released. The oft-traveled Bradley was let go by the punchless Seattle Mariners after batting .209 in parts of two seasons in 393 PA. Milton started in Montreal, but played with seven more teams. The most time he logged with any one team was 2+ seasons spent with the Tribe.  While he started in the 2008 All-star game his career was marred by too many lows to warrant anyone taking a chance on him at this point. Among them were his fight with then-Indian & current Mariner manager Eric Wedge in 2004, a well documented meltdown with the Cubs, and an altercation with an ump that led to a torn ACL. The Dodgers acquired Andre Ethier for him when Bradley was  shipped to the A’s. It’s only fitting that a day after Ethier’s 30 game hit streak ends so does Milton Bradley’s career.

Milton has the Monopoly on Baseball Crazy

Colon Exposed

In Exposed, Last Expo Standing on April 3, 2011 at 2:41 am

You thought Minaya's tenure with the Mets was bad?!?

The number of former Montreal Expos increased back to 25 when Bartolo Colon made the Yankees bullpen. While many thought the 2005 Cy Young Award winner outpitched Freddy Garcia, most Yankee fans were upset it wasn’t Cliff Lee in the rotation instead. Of course, you have to look back at Omar Minaya’s tenure as Expos GM for the first linkage of Colon and Lee. Minaya was the GM in ’02 for the ‘Spos when they were owned by MLB. They finished in 2nd with an 83-79 as Colon went 10-4 in split season with Expos and Indians (where he also went 10-4). However, in order to land Colon from the Tribe Minaya delivered them…wait for it…Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Lee Stevens, and Brandon Phillips. Lee, Phillips, and Sizemore never played for the Expos and Phillips fizzled as a member of the Tribe. One wonders if Minaya regrets the trade, but you have to figure he doesn’t based on his quote in NY Times this week saying he’d do Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez Mets contracts again.