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February 9, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Milton Bradley court case put off pending hearing with Los Angeles City Attorney’s office

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We’re into the final week before pitchers and catchers report and it’s great to be back and running the blog again. I like to take a couple of weeks off before throwing myself into the blog again seven days per week and I can assure you I’m raring to go as the Mariners prepare for their 2011 campaign.
We’ll have our first broadcast of Geoff Baker Live! this Sunday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. from Arizona after pitchers and catchers report for their physicals. After that, we’ll do regular 6:30 p.m. broadcasts. Be sure to tune in right here on the blog or on UStream TV.
Milton Bradley is preparing for spring training as we speak and won’t have to go to court beforehand either. Bradley was due to be arraigned in court yesterday on a felony charge of making criminal threats last month against his wife.
But that court date has actually been put off and Bradley instead must now go to a March 9 hearing with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, where he and his wife will be interviewed and advised about domestic violence issues. At that point, officials will decide whether or not to proceed with the case.
Frank Mateljian, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office, told me this morning that such hearings aren’t all that unusual where domestic violence is concerned.
“It’s a tool that we use where it may not be crystal clear whether a criminal charge is warranted,” Mateljian said. ”

Court records indicate that Bradley filed for divorce from his wife, Monique, in January 2006 after 11 months of marriage. Police had been called to the couple’s home on three separate occasions to investigate reports of domestic violcence.
The divorce petition cited “irreconcilible differences” between the pair and stated that they had separated on New Year’s Day of 2006. But the divorce was never finalized.
The couple have a 5-year-old son.
So, it appears, for now, that Bradley will be able to attend at least the first part of spring training without having to deal with the legal fallout from his case.
That’s likely got the Mariners breathing a sigh of relief. They’ve since acquired two outfielders, Jody Gerut and Gabe Gross, on minor league deals as potential left field insurance in case Michael Saunders struggles. But Bradley is the only one of those players who’s had any real major league production within the past few years and is still under contract at $12 million whether he makes the Mariners or not.
I’ll be off to Arizona on Friday to prepare for spring training. Just thought I’d update you on this for now.



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