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Here is Jerry's latest column in The Seattle Times:
You forget Milton Bradley played for the Mariners until he gets in trouble. That’s true both for the present, nearly two years since general manager Jack Zduriencik released him, and back when he was actually in the lineup.
Bradley appeared in 101 games for the Mariners during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and his impact is best described as a hotheaded ghost. He was invisible unless he was mad, and sadly, anger is his vice, his demon and his death wish.
It’s also the reason he is about to go to jail for almost three years.
I would ignore the troubling news and tell you Bradley’s Mariners career was too insignificant to revisit, but he possesses an unshakable, haunting quality. It’s because the malignancy that plagues him grows on the outside, not the inside. The illness covers him like ivy on a fence. It means that, on occasion, you see a glimpse of what Bradley used to be, or what he would have been, but the illness keeps growing and growing, poisonous and permanent. He is a sad tale of a man trapped in his own destructive mind.
Bradley received his jail sentence in Los Angeles last week for repeatedly attacking and threatening his estranged wife. His lawyer has filed an appeal, so Bradley is free on a $250,000 bond. But he’ll be back in court next month, and if his appeal is unsuccessful, he’ll lose his freedom.
His magic-less number is 960. Bradley could serve two years and 230 days in jail. If it’s true that he attacked his wife five times, including an incident in which he pushed her against a wall and choked her, then Bradley deserves every second he spends locked up. A man assaulting a woman is among the world’s most awful crimes. It makes Bradley’s sports sins seem silly. But it also confirms what you feared when watching him go off on the baseball field — that barking at umpires and teammates, confronting fans, throwing things and acting like an idiot were merely symptoms of Bradley’s uncontrollable mental problems.
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