Bradley tossed from second straight game
Outfielder ejected Friday for arguing balls and strikes
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley was ejected from Friday night's game against the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark, marking the second straight spring contest from which he's been tossed.
On Friday night in the top of the fourth inning, Bradley, who started in left field and hit an RBI double in the first, appeared to dispute a third strike called by home plate umpire Jon Merry and was immediately tossed. He was replaced by Joe Dunigan.
It was a similar incident to what happened in Bradley's last start, Wednesday night in Peoria, when the outfielder was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino for dropping his bat and taking off his gloves after being called out on strikes in a game against Texas.
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu wasn't happy about the Wednesday ejection and was even more pointed in his comments after Friday's game.
"To me, it's almost like a witch hunt," Wakamatsu said. "It's almost embarrassing to me that egos get in the way and [Bradley] doesn't even get a chance."
Wakamatsu admitted that Bradley said something to the umpire while walking back from home plate and was "just about in" the Mariners dugout, but said it was so quiet that Wakamatsu couldn't even hear what he said.
"It's pretty blatant that some guys have it out for him," Wakamatsu said.
The Mariners also suffered an ejection Monday afternoon in Tucson when starter Cliff Lee was tossed for throwing a pitch near the head of D-backs catcher Chris Snyder. Lee was suspended for five regular-season games in response to that incident.
Doug Miller is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.