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Jesus Montero is NOT in The Best Shape of His Life

Feb 12, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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You came over in a big trade, sucked eggs, played worse defense than anyone thought and then you got suspended 50 games for PEDs. You show up for spring training in what is basically your make or break year. If that’s you, you’re doing so in great shape, right? You’re busting your hump to stay on the major league club and make a good impression and do everything you can to be a part of your team’s future, right?

Not if you’re Jesus Montero:

“I gained a lot of weight in my country,” said Montero. “So, now, I’m on a program to lose weight. I’m working really hard to get my weight back. I wasn’t doing nothing (after finishing winter ball), just eating.”

He’s starting spring training on a weight-loss program. What a freakin’ disaster area.

  1. doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Still a better contract than the Upton brothers

  2. ireportyoudecide - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Pathetic, what a terrible employee.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      It don’t matter to Jesus.

      • bigharold - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        The Yankees got a pitcher that has been useless to them but at least he’s not an apathetic jackass. It starting to look like the Yankes at least got the better of his turd test.

        Shines a new light on the whole “WWJD” thing. Apparently eat.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        @ bigharold, I would just have inserted “so far” into your first sentence.

        The Yankees got a pitcher that “so far” has been useless to them….

        I do think however that it’s fair to say Pineda’s upside” with the Yankees is considerably greater than Montero’s upside with the Mariners. That is if Montero even has any upside with the Mariners.

      • Reflex - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        1) Pineda has also struggled with conditioning issues, it is a big reason why the M’s were willing to part with him in the first place, and was cited at the time. He showed up for the Yankees out of shape before being diagnosed. He is in shape now as a part of rehab, but given his past I see little reason to believe he has found religion about the situation.

        2) It remains to be seen if he will have any real value. The other reason he was delt was due to poor throwing mechanics. He declined to revamp his motion with the M’s despite repeated injuries in their minor league system. Unless he has finally admitted his mechanics are a problem, he will simply go back to the DL very quickly. TJ is in his future if he is still throwing with the Inverted W as he was with the M’s.

        I do not think either team won that deal. Given the cheapness of the players involved, neither team lost it either. It just went nowhere. It still made sense for both sides at the time however.

  3. icanspeel - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Older Pablo Sandoval could do it, maybe him?

  4. lew24 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    I too will started my weight loss program during spring training.

  5. yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    This is how people become body dysmorphic, Craig. Back off there, Charles Atlas.

    Name me one catcher in the history of the sport who wasn’t chunky. One! Hell, they had to nickname two of them Pudge, for crying out loud.

    • shawnuel - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Mike Piazza.

      • yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        See, you can’t do it.

    • yankeefan1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      There have been a ton of ignorant statements on this blog but this one takes the cake.

      • nymets4ever - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Pun intended?

      • yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Takes the cake? Do you ever stop talking about food, fat boy?

    • 78mu - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Craig Biggio

      • oldschoolnflman - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Are you referring to the .281 career hitter that was average at every defensive position on the diamond? Well too bad mark derosa couldn’t get the same 24 years of ABs.

      • Reflex - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        If Mark DeRosa’s AB’s were nearly as productive as Biggio’s, and if his defense was close to as ‘average’ as Biggio’s was, then I imagine he would have gotte the same 24 years of ABs. They were not, obviously.

    • 4cornersfan - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Chris Stewart

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      This article isn’t about a catcher. It is about Jesus Montero.

      • nixonotis - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        I haven’t commented around these parts in many months, but I just had to tell you how spectacular this comment is. Well played, sir.

    • cur'68 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Sorry to pile on ‘mulie, but I can name 4 non-pudgy catchers: JP Arencibia, Josh Thole, Jeff Mathis, Dionner Navarro. Anyhow, don’t let me distract you from your central thesis: you don’t have to be in shape to be an MLB catcher. Otherwise 2/3 of the Molina Bros would be lifetime AAA dudes.

      • yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Got any that can clear the Medoza line?

      • cur'68 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Don’t be silly, man. Those guys were/are Beaver Catchers. Of them only Navarro knows which end of a bat to hold and that was for The Rays. Maybe if they were fatter they’d hit better. Y’know, if Montero rips it up with the stick, Craig’s gonna have to eat his words? THEN we’ll see who’s chubby!

      • yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        Nobody can get a real good look at these guys because of all the equipment. Most of them are built like Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

      • missingdiz - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Probably too late for this–I still have to work a bit. But Yogi wasn’t a big guy at all. Nor was Elston Howard back in the day, come to think of it. That’s 2 MVP catchers.

      • racksie - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        Ya mule: joe Mauer. Yes his catching days are over, but a very fit career .300 hitter, and MVP.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra.

      • yahmule - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        Post a picture of a shirtless Yogi if you dare. If you dare!

      • yahmule - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Actually he doesn’t look too bad. He looks better than DiMaggio in this picture. Don’t tell Craig about the cigarettes.

      • raysfan1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Thanks–I was going to follow up with a statement about focusing on players in their prime, not late career or as managers/elder statesmen.

        For anyone who is concerned about the cigarette, remember that was before the surgeon general’s report came out in 1964.

    • louhudson23 - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Darell Porter,Steve Yeager,Lance Parrish,Benito Santiago, Jody Reed etc,etc,…..

    • rpb1234 - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Russell Martin

  6. moseskkim - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    haha what a joke. at least hes honest though.

  7. mikhelb - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Jesús found the kilos Pablo Sandoval “lost” in Venezuela.

  8. uyf1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Montero realistically probably had no chance of making the club anyway. The Mariners have other catchers other 1st baseman and god knows other DH candidates what would they do with Montero. His only hope of being on a big league roster was if the Mariners traded him and again what team would give up anything to get him.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      No chance of making the club?

      Me thinks he’ll make the club…

      • uyf1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        I doubt it on the 25 man roster. Maybe on the 40 man roster and playing Triple A ball.

      • thisdamnbox - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        You are talking about making the “club” sandwich, right?

    • oldschoolnflman - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      The pirates could use a first basemen…before you laugh at me the pirates traded fro freaking Jeff Clement from Seattle to play first base. There is precedent for this…

      • uyf1950 - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:37 AM

        If indeed that’s true that the Pirates could use a 1st baseman, Montero is NOT the one they need or should use. He has not played a single MLB game at 1st base in his 2 plus years in the big leagues. Although he has played about 22 games in the minors for the Mariners farm team(s). The Pirates would be better off waiting for March 22nd when Lyle Overbay can opt out of his minor league deal with the Brewers if he’s not on their 25 man roster.

  9. tysonpunchinguterus - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Now now. To be fair, when he WAS in the best shape of his life he had a little “assistance.”

  10. shanabartels - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Let’s be fair and honest here, guys. Who among us can resist the allure of arepas? I sure can’t. If I had one of my favorite arepas every day — my favorite one at my preferred Venezuelan restaurant comes stuffed with avocado, maduros [that’s fried sweet plantains for those not in the know], and queso blanco — I’d probably put on a few pounds too, but my mouth would be happy. Those things are delicious. And in Venezuela, I assume they’re difficult to avoid.

    So in summation: arepas are magical. Let’s not be so quick to judge. Part of my rationale is probably because as a Yankees fan, I’d hate to think we were all so wrong about our precious Montero. But let’s just see how his year goes. And let’s all eat more arepas.

    • ltzep75 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      This is, by far, the most lucid, intelligent, and well thought out comment I have read on this site. Ever.

      • shanabartels - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        I probably didn’t even need to use words. I could have just left it at this:

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      You’ve all been wrong about almost all of your prospect for well over a decade and a half now.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      maduros [that’s fried sweet plantains for those not in the know]

      Wait a second. Aren’t plantains essentially fried bananas? So are maduros double fried? I need a ticket to Venezuela stat!

      • indaburg - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Plantains can be fried, boiled (e.g. mangu is a Dominican delicacy, Puerto Ricans prepare mofongo–both are delicious), baked, or grilled. Plantains, just like regular bananas or any fruit, can be unripe or ripe. Unripe plantains are not sweet and are more versatile. When they’re fried, they’re called “tostones.” They’re also used to make mangu and mofongo, grilled and so on. When plantains turn yellow, they’re “maduro”, literally the word mature in English. Now, they are sweet and typically almost always fried. I’m hungry. This is so not Montero’s fault.

      • shanabartels - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Plantains and bananas are two different foods, albeit similar-looking. Tostones (made with unripe plantains and intended to be salty/savory) are fried twice, whereas maduros (made with ripe plantains and intended to be sweet) are only fried once.

        Also worth noting: bananas, obviously, can be peeled easily and eaten raw. Plantains are more like potatoes — you can only eat them after they’re cooked. They’re really hard to peel, too. You have to soak them in warm salty water (with the ends cut off and relief cuts down the shaft) for a few hours before they can be peeled.

        I’m just a Jewish girl from New Jersey who really likes Latin food — I didn’t grow up eating Venezuelan cuisine. I had never come across a plantain before until I was like 20. I had no idea how much I was missing out on, but trust me, it’s worth seeking out.

  11. zackd2 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Lol Yankees…wait what?

  12. tfbuckfutter - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Nothing better than a professional athlete who doesn’t have to tone or bulk up….but instead sounds like an office worker who is “on a program to lose weight”.

  13. number42is1 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    so do we delcare a winner yet?

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      No. But Jesus Montero IS the “weiner”.

      Get it? Because he’s a pork sausage.

  14. joenash72 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Mariners do not consider him to be a catcher anymore. He did not report yesterday with pitchers and catchers.

    In everything I am reading here in local Seattle papers, he is not expected to be on the 25-man roster to begin this season. M’s still, just like last season, have a glut of 1B/DH types.

    I guess the gloating we Mariner fans did about “winning the trade” when Micheal Pineda got hurt was a tad premature.

  15. sabatimus - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Out of baseball in a year or less.

  16. karlkolchak - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    How can you possibly just do nothing but eat. Dude needs a hobby.

    • 4cornersfan - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Well, he had drugs but they made him quit,

    • lazlosother - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      He had a hobby. Eating .

    • cackalackyank - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      ..or a girl friend.

  17. cackalackyank - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I may be willing to give Cashman a pass on this one. If Pineda turns out to be healthy and productive this trade will actually become a win for him, be it long in the making.

  18. quintjs - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Isn’t the point of spring training to get into playing shape? why do you have to start Spring Training in mid-season shape? There was an interesting piece on the Globe about Buchholz and his lack of weight, and injury issues and arriving in spring in mid-season form so he had millage on his body well before even spring begain.

    I am not saying that a large weight gain is ok for a professional athlete, and that it is a good look or anything, but lets not jump and and down too much, he has some time to get it right, that is the point of spring training.

    If players have to keep in great condition all year around, there isn’t any point in spring training, just to meet your new teammates and develop a plan to grow beards I guess.

  19. therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Just not the same player without that Yankee “training regimen” that helped vault him to top prospect status.

    • cackalackyank - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      I am guessing this is sarcasm, but I will just underscore by pointing out that for the last 5 years the terms Yankee and “top prospect” are in fact mutually exclusive.

  20. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I think it is safe to say the Yankees are winning the Jose Campos trade.

  21. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Maybe in 5 years the jays can sign this kid just like they signed Navarro this past offseason, why not? They both are terrible

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