Another perspective about Bradley's suspension from Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus.
Here are the main points:
Who the hell has ever been suspended for two weeks for what they said to the media? This is a severe and unwarranted overreaction, a cynical public-relations ploy designed to curry favor with fans and the media and distract both groups from a Cubs season that is ending with a whimper.
[Bradley's] comments in the Herald weren't particularly new or enlightening, and they didn't attack any individual. They weren't profane or notably inflammatory. For this, he gets sent home for two weeks. By doing so, Hendry is blatantly pandering to the disgruntled fan base and the local media, as Carrie Muskat reported as far as Hendry's comments on the subject for MLB.com:"I'm not going to let our great fans become an excuse, I'm not going to tolerate not answering questions from the media respectfully."Really, now. This is why you've suspended one of your best players for two weeks, because it's mission-critical that your players respect the fans and treat the media well? That's nonsense, and the rush to back up Hendry and tear down Bradley is yet another example of the co-dependent relationship between baseball teams and the free media they rely upon.
Personally I think everything in the opinion piece is spot on. Hendry overreacted in order to protect himself from the fan's backlash this winter. Do I agree with what Bradley said? No. Was it an affront to Cubdome? No. Was it a guy venting after a really crappy season on many different levels? Yes. But hey the Cubs fans want a pound of flesh from someone and Hendry was willing to serve up Bradley oh so quickly.
The funny thing is this blog and it's strong personalities on this site have fallen for Hendry's cheap trick.
That being said I still think Bradley needs to be off the team. If Dempster is willing to pile on Bradley after he's forced out (which again is a little cynical because he to signed a big contract and played like crap this year) then it is clear the locker room wants him gone. Bradley clearly has created a hostile work environment which cannot be overcome by his baseball talents. For that reason Bradley must go.
But after Hendry threw Bradley under the bus, it is also clear to me that Hendry need to follow Bradley out the door.