It’s October 28 and you just clicked on an article about Milton Bradley’s home in Encino. No doubt the off-season needs to get here in earnest for the Dodgers, but this is still an interesting out of left field story for a Monday morning.
Yes, the LA Times reported that the former Dodger sold his Encino home for the sum of $3.725 million after being on the market for only three weeks.
Former baseball all-star Milton Bradley sells Encino home https://t.co/kBQxI0XPbg
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 18, 2019
Bradley purchased the home in 2008 while with the Texas Rangers. He was an All-Star for the first and only time in his career that year. While the outfielder made an estimated $48 million during his 12-year big league career, adding an extra $4M shouldn’t hurt the pocketbook.
The now 41 year-old was born in Harbor City, California and attended high school in Long Beach at Polytechnic High. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1996 draft by the Montreal Expos and made his MLB debut in 2000. After spending time in Cleveland for two plus injury-marred seasons, he was traded to the Dodgers for Franklin Gutierrez just before opening day in 2004.
In his short two seasons with Los Angeles, Bradley rode an elevator of story lines before eventually being traded. Still, with the Dodgers, the hot-headed outfielder experienced one of the more consistent stretches of his career as he posted a .275 average with an .804 OPS and 32 home runs in 216 games.
In the 2005-2006 off-season, one of the finest trades of recent vintage came down for Los Angeles.
Milton Bradley sells Encino 7500 square foot house for 3.75 million.
Craziest player I ever saw, temper tantrums ruined his career. Best Dodger trade ever…Bradley for…Andre Ethier. ????
— Tim Knoch (@Octim1) October 18, 2019
Yes, then new general manager Ned Colletti made his first transaction as GM that would prove to be a success for more than the next decade when he acquired Andre Ethier from the Oakland Athletics for Bradley and Antonio Perez.
Since his career ended in 2011, Bradley has spent time in prison for a domestic violence conviction, and unfortunately hasn’t found many positives surrounding his name. While he now has one less home to his name, he still owns two homes in Woodland Hills and one in Long Beach.
It should be noted that Bradley reached out to me regarding this piece and points out that he has a “new wife, new baby, new life.” The hope remains that things have turned around for the former All-Star and continue to trend upward.