Here is another 2005 Leaf Autographed Baseball card from my collection. This time it features the enigmatic Milton Bradley.
When the Dodger attained Bradley, via a trade with Cleveland, I wanted to believe he could make a home in LA. After all, he was born and raised in the south bay, and there was hope that all he needed was some hometown love. Heck, in his last year with the tribe, Milton had transformed into a excellent sabermatric style batter. He could get on base, and hit for moderate power. So, he looked to be a possible steal.
Unfortunately, Milton Bradley had a lot of baggage that distracted him from the game. I don't think I need to rehash all of the events that eventually lead to him being traded to Oakland. I'm sure we all remember what a mess he had become.
At the end of the day, he was traded up north in what turned out to be one of the franchises best trades ever. For Milton Bradley we received Andre Ethier. I guess everything does turn out rosey in the end.
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