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Mariners scout heckles Jesus Montero, Montero allegedly tries to go after him with a bat

Aug 29, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT

Jesus Montero Getty Getty Images

Tyler Maun of MiLB.com reports that a crazy incident occurred in Boise during a game between the Everett AquaSox and the Boise Hawks in the Northwest League yesterday. Jesus Montero, who is with Everett as he rehabs from an oblique injury, was coaching first base and was being heckled from the stands. Not by an ordinary fan, but a cross-checker — a scout who usually oversees scouts in a given geographical area — who is actually employed by the Mariners.

The incident was kicked off when the scout yelled at Montero to hustle off the field after an inning, yelling “Rapido! Rapido!”  Then the scout ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, which one assumes was a dig at his weight issues (Montero showed up for spring training 40 pounds overweight). Montero didn’t take kindly to that at all, heading toward the stands with a bat in his hands, throwing the ice cream sandwich at the scout and screaming expletives at the scout. He had to restrained by an Everett coach.

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told the Seattle Times that he was looking into the matter. And while, as the high-profile player who was acting aggressively, Montero is going draw most of the heat and coverage here, what on God’s green Earth is a scout employed by the Mariners doing acting like that at a baseball game which he is presumably working? Toward a Mariners player no less? We obviously don’t have all the information here, but if his behavior was as reported by Maun, I’m not sure how that guy doesn’t get fired pretty quickly.

In other news, the minor leagues are a great bang for your entertainment buck.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    LOL

  2. doubles22 - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    The scout screamed, Jesus screamed…

  3. Ren - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    It’s like Dora the explorer all over again………..

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Bud, seriously? You watched those? LOL .

      • Ren - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        Meh, when I was a kid, It was pretty fun though. Nothin weird about that…

      • tmc602014 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Didn’t everybody watch Dora? I kept wondering if she’d find Waldo wandering…

      • clydeserra - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        some of us are adults, with kids and stuff. yeah, i watched them a few years ago when my children were 3-5

  4. NatsLady - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    That photo is weird. His arm looks like it’s growing out of his head.

  5. sfbookreviews - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Normally I’d be all over the player for his actions, which were above and beyond, but in this case, the incredibly unprofessional behavior exhibited by the scout is the real story here. It would be one thing had he been employed by another organization, but the fact that he is a Mariner employee is flabbergasting (kids, use your Google machine to find out what that means).

    There’s a good chance Montero is going to be an ex-Mariner in the near future based upon his play, but the scout needs to be an ex-employee today. Today.

    • Rich Stowe - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      even if he was an employee of another organization, his actions were over the line for an employee paid to be at the game to do a job. it’s one thing if a person is at the game “as a fan” and heckling, it’s another if you’re paid to be there to do a job, no matter who is paying you to be there…

      Montero was wrong for what he did, but the scout instigated it all (and any bets alcohol was involved?) and the scout needs to be fired (and never work in MLB/Minor Leagues again for the conduct

      • stex52 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        I would never say a person should never work at a job again. But the guy needs to be fired or disciplined, and kept on a short leash for some probationary period.

      • baberuthslegs - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        I’ll give odds that the scout had been drinking.

    • tmc602014 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      I usually use Merriam-Webster.com

  6. silversun60 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    This has the George Costanza school of trying to get fired written all over it. The Mets must be after this guy to be an assistant GM.

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    I wonder if Montero knew the guy was a scout. If he didn’t it raises more concerns to me than the scout’s silly behavior. And I wouldn’t fire the scout. He sounds like fun at partys.

    • okobojicat - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      I guarantee you Montero knew this guy was an employee of the Mariners. He gets lots of heckles at Rainiers games here in Tacoma and he takes it perfectly in stride and just smiles. This guy definitely crossed the line and probably was saying something to Montero before the game.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Meh.

    I can’t think of anything less dangerous than Montero with a bat in his hands.

    • stex52 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Good start to the day, tbuck.

    • DugoutDirtbag - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Thanks Tbuck, I really needed that laugh today. Bravo Sir!

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    I hate calling for another person’s job, but this is one case where I feel it is fitting. For both player and scout. The Scout went above and beyond and was completely utterly uncalled for. His dismissal should be immediate. And while I have some sympathy for the player, I feel he crossed the line when he took a bat with him. Had he simply went into the stands, all would have been forgiven, but you DON’T bring a weapon. I suspect he will only be suspended and ordered to undertake some sort of anger management, but he grossly escalated the situation by introducing a weapon to the scenario.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      I’m with you, scouts. He went after the guy with a bat? Because he bought him an ice cream sandwich. The scout is obviously a tool, and clearly has some bad judgement. But I can’t condone going after the guy with a baseball bat.

      Also, wouldn’t it be great is people were buying you free ice cream at work?

      • binarymath - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Another possible explanation of the strange happenings…

        Maybe the scout is a recent graduate of the Richie Incognito School for Motivational Speaking, and was specifically sent to the game to get on Montero to “toughen him up.”

        Because after all, as Kirk Gibson would say “you gotta have grit in order to hit.”

      • tmc602014 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Thumbs up for free ice cream at work!

  10. bluemoonking - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Typical Mariner moment. It just happened in the minor leagues where the grasa de cerdo perezoso belongs… Both were wrong, the season is almost over. Let them beat each others brains out. You are talking about the Mariner Organization, not the Yankees…

    • raysfan1 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      So, because the player involved is Hispanic, you think it’s extra clever to call him “lazy fat pig” in Spanish?

      Are you the scout’s cousin?

    • cmp78 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      You’re right, this definitely isn’t how the Yankees would handle a player. They’d wait til he signed a new deal somewhere else, then have Kevin Long and other anonymous front office employees complain to the media about how he never hustled, never ran out ground balls, and will never be a leader because he was always overshadowed by Derek Jeter.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      And so it came to be that every team except the Yankees gave two tributes to the annual MLB Hunger Games….

      “Evil Empire” was supposed to be an insult, tool bag.

  11. yahmule - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    I would give the scout a pass because the story made me laugh.

  12. DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Uh huhh…..if that scout can’t provide the prescription medication he was on that made him hallucinate, I would say he has tons of explaining to do.

    Agree with Craig – sure, it would have preferable had Montero returned the ice cream with a note for the scout to go F himself, but certainly in his case you can see what was going on. He was ticked and over reacted. What the hell was the scout thinking?

    Final note – do minor league teams often use players to coach First Base?

    • rbj1 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Yes. In the International League (misnamed these days) the manager is the third base coach and a player is the first base coach.

      Montero shouldn’t have taken a bat with him, but the scout needs to be fired. Usually scouts don’t drink at games, because they are actually working. If this guy was, it might indicate he’s got a problem. In which case some time off to deal with it is in order.

      • mazblast - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Isn’t there a team in Ottawa? That would make it international.

  13. kalinedrive - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    I did not know fans in the stands can send things to players in the dugout. I will have to try this.

    • tmc602014 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      The very idea opens up myriad possibilities…

  14. eggs0beat - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    So Yankees win “The Trade” for certain now right? Even if Pineda blows out his arm today and never pitches another inning, I don’t think the Mariners can catch up with the deficit Montero given them.

    • cmp78 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Pineda still hasn’t pitched a full season for the Yankees, Montero at least had a decent first year with Seattle (probably with more than a little help). Even if you want to declare a winner after, what, four injury-riddled, suspension-serving, under performing years, it’s safe to say this isn’t how either side projected the trade to turn out.

  15. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    …so what did the scouting report say?

  16. Bar None - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Why do I miss all the good stuff in Boise!?!?

  17. stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Wow. This story is hilarious. In a mind boggling sort of way to be sure. But hilarious nonetheless.

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      I love the way he sent the overweight Montero an ice cream. It’s hilarious.

  18. nolasoxfan2012 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I’m going to go out on a limb (since I don’t know what else the scout said), but I don’t really have a problem with the scout trying to motivate a player who so far appears uninspired. If all he did was yell “Hurry Up, Hurry Up!” and then send him an ice cream sandwich, is that so bad? We’re not talking bullying here. We’re talking about a professional athlete who doesn’t keep himself in shape.

  19. kingscourt25 - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    the last line of the link:

    “Everett won the game, 13-8.”

  20. deathmonkey41 - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Not for nothing- but I blame the French.

  21. cmp78 - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Here’s Geoff Baker with the scout’s side of the story. Baccala, the scout, first denies the ice cream sandwich part, then said he couldn’t confirm or deny it. Interesting part comes at the end, where Baker mentions Baccala has gotten in trouble back when he was scouting with the Reds, minor compared to this.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/mariners/2024418207_montero30xml.html

    • sethcohenplayedsomeball - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      So one could say that there is quite the…cone of uncertainty…regarding what actually occurred here…

    • tmc602014 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Thanks to that reporter, he’s Woodstein for the modern era: ” Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Boise Hawks, who oversees operations at the stadium, confirmed that ice-cream sandwiches are sold there during games.” No fact will go unreported in this major development of this ongoing story.

  22. prancerbyanose - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    You people seriously want the scout fired for this? For what? Telling Montero he’s fat? Give me a freaking break! He is fat! He’s taking a ton of money from the Mariners and giving them nothing in exchange because he is fat.

    He deserves a lot more than a little heckling. He should be getting it everyday from fans, scouts, executives, coaches, teammates….

    The only remarkable thing about this story is Montero’s reaction. Causing a scene and acting like you’re going after some fat old man in the stands with a bat?!? Why? Because you’re sensitive about your figure? You’re a real tough guy, Jose.

    Maybe next time the heckler comes packing and shoots hard-charging tough guy Montero in self-defense.???

    • tmc602014 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Yes, fired for the act of body-shaming.

  23. Pete - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Ridiculous story and I agree that both players should be disciplined harshly. I’m an M’s fan, but I’m afraid the high ranking scout’s behavior kind of rings true with what we learned about the culture of the Mariner front office from Geoff Baker’s piece. Remember this?

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/08/tony-blengino-says-recent-report-on-seattle-front-office-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

    I’m a crazy diehard out of state Mariner fan for life. But *not* a Jack Z fan. And they extended him!

  24. doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Your Aunt Elizabeth can go to hell!

  25. hojo20 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    I heard Aunt Elizabeth uses the back seat a lot.

  26. twinfan24 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Not that these auto posts aren’t already annoying, but at what point did someone think a six month old Lincoln was the tipping point that would get someone to click on the link? Isn’t that the most bizarre random incentive?

  27. silversun60 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Having a friend who has a kid named Lincoln…. it took your post to make me realize they are talking about a 6 month old car not a 6 month old kid. Me=Dumb.

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