It's only (early) March, but signs are pointing to a nice comeback season for Milton Bradley. The Mariners certainly hope so, as they're forking over $12 million this year; after Ichiro, Bradley's their highest-paid player.
Manager Eric Wedge seems impressed, anyway (via Larry LaRue in The Olympian):
"He's coming early and really working hard. He just needs to be patient and let the game come to him, and that's what I think you're seeing," Wedge said. "He's having a good time. He's enjoying himself, he's enjoying his teammates. I love his work ethic. His approach has been good. I just want him to sustain that."
Yeah, but of course there's the other thing...
I'm not exactly sure why, but I've always sort of pulled for Bradley. Maybe because I have, at a few odd moments in my (incredibly inconsequential) sporting life, completely lost control of my temper. Maybe because he often comes across as basically a good and thoughtful guy who just has one tiny bit of his brain that maybe doesn't work as well as it might.
That said, it's hard to be optimistic. Between the injuries and the occasional catastrophic loss of self-control, Milton Bradley just doesn't seem well-equipped to survive the marathon that's a baseball season