Milton Bradley and the $12 Million Ground Out

July 22, 2009 by  

On Tuesday night, in the 11th inning of the Chicago Cubs game at Philadelphia, Milton Bradley entered the game as a pinch hitter.

Batting from the left side, he did what he's done 80 percent of the time this year—failed to reach base.

But this was perhaps the most expensive 4-3 putout in the history of the Chicago Cubs franchise.

By appearing in the game for nothing more than a ground-out to Bradley's high school teammate, Chase Utley, he qualified as having appeared in 75 games in the 2009 season.

For those that like to pay attention to contracts, you'll remember back in January when the terms of Bradley's contract were made public, that appearing in only 75 games vested him for the 2011 season—du...

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