BY John Hickey 07:52PM 01/18/2011

Mariners’ Bradley arrested for making threats

General manager Jack Zduriencik: “We are aware of the situation and take it very seriously. We are in the process of determining the full circumstances of what occurred today.”

Mariners left fielder/designated hitter Milton Bradley was arrested in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Milton Bradley, Seattle’s frequently troubled left fielder/DH, was arrested Tuesday morning in Encino, CA.

Bradley was arrested by members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Branch about 10:40 a.m. The arrest took place in the 5300 block of Oak Park Court in Encino, according to the LAPD. No details of the incident or the identity of the woman were released.

The Mariners learned of the event from the media. Subsequently, the front office spent most of the early evening tracking down information.

The club received confirmation from one of Bradley’s agents that he was arrested, but complete details were not quickly forthcoming.

“After reaching Milton Bradley’s representatives tonight I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement released by the club. “While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very seriously. We are in the process of determining the full circumstances of what occurred today. Until we have more information, we will not be able to comment further.”

According to officer Gregory Baek of the LAPD, police received a call from an unidentified woman in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles about 8:50 a.m. saying that she had been threatened. There was no immediate word if it was a regular call or a 911 call.

Officer Baek said Bradley was arrested on a charge of making criminal threats under California Penal Code 422 and held on $50,000 bail, then released about 5:40 p.m. once bail was posted. A court date reportedly has been set for Feb. 8.

Bradley has a checkered career in the big leagues. He came up with Cleveland but had a falling out with then-Indians manager Eric Wedge. He was traded to the A’s after wearing a T-shirt saying ”(expletive) Eric Wedge” on it.

Wedge, the new Seattle manager, said last month that he’d talked with Bradley and both sides were willing to move on.

Bradley also ran afoul of the Chicago Cubs in 2009 when he was suspended for the final weeks of the season after criticizing general manager Jim Hendry and manager Lou Piniella.

Bradley came to the Mariners in a trade last winter for pitcher Carlos Silva. He left the stadium during a game in 2010 after being replaced mid-game by then-manager Don Wakamatsu. Bradley later asked for and received reinstatement after the club provided anger management training.

The news of the arrest was first reported by Seattle’s KING 5.


  • EL

    Fire Him !

  • Sara

    Get rid of him.
    I’m tired of the M’s making headlines because of him. We’re a better club than this.