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Mariners end Jesus Montero’s season

Aug 29, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners have shut down 1B/DH Jesus Montero for the season so he can focus on his “non-baseball issues”.

Montero, of course, made headlines last night and today after it was reported that he went after a heckling scout with a bat during a Northwest League matchup between the Boise Hawks and the Everett AquaSox. Montero was rehabbing with EverettĀ as he recovers from an oblique injury.

Montero, 24, has not lived up to expectations since coming over to the Mariners along with Hector Noesi in the trade that sent Michael Pineda and Jose Campos to the Yankees. Along with weight issues and injuries, Montero has posted a meagerĀ .251/.291/.378 slash line with 19 home runs and 73 RBI in 680 plate appearances with the Mariners.

  1. tigersfandan - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    I realize that scout was way out of line, but let’s face it: Montero has to be able to deal with heckling if he’s going to make it in the majors.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      I agree, though the fact that a baseball insider was the heckler has got to make it feel more like an attack than if it was just a regular fan. I think the M’s owe it to Montero to protect him a little better. Hopefully they get him some team-sponsored counseling and don’t just tell him to work it out on his own.

      • jinx21fan - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        With this development (and until more facts are given) I’m giving a little more credence to the scout, Butch Baccala, who said the story was wrong. Maybe the “heckling” was actually baseball related critique.

      • em11965 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        No excuse. Jackie Robinson dealt with the worst type of heckling and as a result, it paved the way for minorities to play in the Major Leagues

      • jeffbbf - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        was the ice cream sandwich a “baseball related critique”?

    • okobojicat - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      I’ve gone to plenty of games here in Tacoma and Montero has gotten plenty of heckles which he ignores or smiles at while talking to the base coach. There is some additional story going on here that we haven’t heard yet. I’m guessing this scout was talking to Montero before the game or something.

      All that said, yeah, you don’t go into the stands.

    • maddog11896 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Tell that to Yadi, a few years ago against the Brewers (the night Trevor Hoffman got his 600th save) he had a fan kicked out of the game by an ump for heckling.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      I have no problem with him confronting the scout, and even taking the ice cream sandwich if he wanted to ram it down the scout’s throat. But taking a bat with you is just a big no-no. At that point you are entering felony territory and maybe having a few anger management classes isn’t the worst idea in the world.

    • jinx21fan - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Well, a few more details. Baccala sent home.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    You won’t have Montero around to fat-shame anymore!

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Relax Jesus. Have an icecream sandwich.

  4. gargamelsmentor - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I sense a Titus Young-like meltdown coming on for Montero.

  5. SocraticGadfly - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM


  6. steve7921 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    “non-baseball issues” = how to properly accept gifts from scouts?

  7. Bar None - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Correction: he was rehabbing with Everett. Boise is the Cubs.

    • Bill Baer - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Thanks. I had Boise’s B-R page up too. I am dumb.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Out of curiosity, what’s a B-R page?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      • tigersfandan - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Baseball-Reference is awesome

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Excellent, thanks for clarifying guys. Know the site well, just didn’t make the connection.

  8. kardshark1 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    And by “season”, you mean “career.”

    • serbingood - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      So he’s going to join Mitch Williams in coaching a youth team? The perfect pair.

      • thisdamnbox - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        Another fantastic Mariner trade brought to you by The Letter Z…

  9. scyankee64 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    I agree with what they’re doing, but if the scout really sent him a snack, he needs to be disciplined.

  10. roseann894 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    When will GMs learn not to be suckered into dealing for the Yankees’ “can’t miss” prospects?

    • classicfinder - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Yeah, the Yankees of the 2000’s learned that from the Braves of the 90’s.

    • em11965 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Yeah that trade really worked for the Yanks so far. Pineda has pitches a grand total of six games for the Yanks in two seasons.

      • hbk72777 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:14 AM

        Point is, Pineda is pitching like that NOW, Montero is only good for the buffet line

      • henryd3rd - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        I would like to report that Pineda is back in the starting in the line up and pitching well for the Yankees. Might add he had a little incident with pine tar in Boston; but after a fine he’s back.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      Meh, they’re prospects. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t. I think the Tigers were pretty happy with having four and a half years of Austin Jackson and then using him to get David Price.

  11. The Bronx Bombers - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Yankees – 2
    Mariners/Jack Zombie – 0

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      Lemme see, which one is a lot more likely to make the playoffs this year?

      Yankees – 0
      Mariners – 1

      Shooting Bombers is like shooting a fish in a barrel. Unfortunately, like a lot of cyberfish, he doesn’t even have the brains to recognize he’s been shot.

      • hbk72777 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:15 AM

        Mariners got fat off the Stros and Rangers.

      • American of African Descent - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        And perhaps this is the year that the Mariners win their first pennant?

  12. fearthehoody - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Which is worse fat Jack? Luetge (bust) Smoak (bust) Mauer (bust SP) for Cliff Lee, or Montero (bust) Noesi (bust) for Pineda?? Two trades that would make Bill Bavasi blush!!

    • hiflew - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Hindsight is 20/20. Smoak and Montero were both HUGE prospects that were wanted by a lot of people when they were dealt. Not to mention that Lee didn’t do a whole lot for Texas and Pineda has racked up more suspension days than games played so far, so it’s not like a young Lou Brock was traded away.

  13. edavidberg - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    I actually think the ice cream sandwich would provoke almost anyone. If he did it he’s lucky Montero didn’t wait until after the game because he could have been hurt if there wasn’t someone to restrain Montero.

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