Ex-MLB player Milton Bradley was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail for hitting his wife. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Former big-league player Milton Bradley was sentenced to 960 days in jail and must perform 400 hours of community service for abusing his estranged wife, reports the Associated Press.
Bradley is appealing the sentence and remains free on a $250,000 bond.
Bradley, 35, played 12 seasons in the majors and never spent more than three seasons with a team. He played for the Indians, Athletics, Dodgers, Expos, Mariners ,Rangers, Padres and Cubs.
Bradley's best season was in 2008, when he was an All-Star. He hit 22 homers, drove in 77 runs and led the American League with a .999 OPS.
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Bradley faced up to 7 ½ years in jail after he was found guilty of nine misdemeanor counts, including four counts of spousal battery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of making criminal threats.
Prosecutors say Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. In one incident, Bradley pushed his wife against a wall and choked her after she asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their children and wanted his friends to leave their home, authorities said.