On September 20, 2009 — The Chicago Cubs suspend Milton Bradley for the rest of the year, a day after the turbulent outfielder criticizes the team in a newspaper interview, citing there wasn’t a “positive environment” in the organization, and he could see why the club hasn’t won a championship in the last century. GM Jim Hendry explains that the penalty is for conduct detrimental to the team and lack of respect for its fans. It is only the latest in a long series of brushes with authority for the fiery outfielder. The decision whether Chicago brings back the 32 year-old, who still has two years remaining on a $30 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent last offseason, will be general manager Jim Hendry’s call, according to manager Lou Piniella.
The Cubs then go on to beat St. Louis, 6 – 3, in 11 innings at Busch Stadium, thanks to a two-run homer by Jake Fox.
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