Umpire Joins Bradley on Shelf

Winters suspended for season over confrontation
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2007 6:07 PM CDT
Umpire Joins Bradley on Shelf
San Diego Padres' Milton Bradley, center, is helped from the field by trainer Todd Hutchinson, left, and assistant trainer Paul Navarro after he was injured while being restrained by manager Bud Black during an altercation in the eighth inning of the Padres' 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies in their...   (Associated Press)

Umpire Mike Winters was suspended for the rest of the season today for his part in a confrontation that left San Diego outfielder Milton Bradley with a season-ending knee injury. A Major League Baseball official said Winters directed profanity at Bradley during Sunday's brouhaha; the Padres claim Winters baited Bradley, who has a history of such run-ins.

San Diego manager Bud Black, in an attempt to restrain his player, tackled Bradley, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Bradley, who could miss six months, called the incident "the most unprofessional and most ridiculous thing I've ever seen." The Padres entered play today with a one-game lead in the race for the National League playoff wild card. (More Milton Bradley stories.)

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