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Former Dodger Milton Bradley swung bat at wife, police say

September 28, 2011 |  3:06 pm

Photo: Milton Bradley. Credit: Elaine Thompson/AP Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was arrested after allegedly swinging a bat at his wife -- and missing -- at his San Fernando Valley home, Los Angeles police said Wednesday.

Bradley, 33, was booked on suspicion of felony assault Tuesday afternoon at the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division jail

Police responded to a domestic violence call at Bradley's residence in the 5300 block of Oak Park Court. Investigating officers said the incident began as a verbal argument that escalated when Bradley took out a baseball bat and began swinging it at his wife, who ran out of the home.

Bradley got into his car and fled the residence before he was tracked down by officers from the LAPD's West Valley Division on nearby Amestoy Avenue, where he was detained without incident.

Bradley has been released on $30,000 bail and is due back in court Oct. 18.

He was involved in a previous incident involving his wife at his home Jan. 18, when he was arrested on suspicion of making threats against her.

The Los Angeles city attorney's office announced the next month that it would not file charges in the case but instead brought Bradley in for a hearing to discuss "the most appropriate course of action" to resolve the case.

Bradley, who last played for the Seattle Mariners before being released earlier this year, has a history of anger-management issues on and off the baseball field.

In November 2004, he was arrested after allegedly confronting a police officer during a traffic stop in Ohio.

The Dodgers traded Bradley to the Oakland A's in 2005 after he threw a plastic water bottle toward fans at Dodger Stadium and had a clubhouse confrontation with former Times reporter Jason Reid.


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Photo: Milton Bradley

Credit: Elaine Thompson /Associated Press