In a story that can only be described as embarrassing for everyone involved, Jesus Montero, the disappointing one-time Seattle Mariners catcher, went after a scout from his own team with a bat during a minor-league game Thursday.
The reason? The scout had been heckling Montero during a rehab assignment with the Single-A Everett AquaSox, who were playing in Boise. The scout then sent an ice cream sandwich to the dugout for Montero. That's when Montero — who made headlines when he showed up at Mariners spring training 40 pounds overweight — snapped and had to be restrained.
We'll let MILB.com's Tyler Maun unravel the tale in greater detail:
Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker [a type of baseball scout] yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed to the AquaSox dugout on the third-base side.
According to a game official, the cross-checker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero — who arrived at Mariners Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season — approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the cross-checker. Montero had to be pulled back from the stands by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, Safford said.
Obviously, it's never cool for a baseball player to go after someone with a bat. But what kind of scouts are the Mariners employing? It can't be within their code of conduct to actively troll players from the stands during a game, can it? Unless this was a test to see if Montero would keep his cool, and in that case, he very much failed.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told the Seattle Times:
“I am aware of the incident in Boise. We are currently in the process of gathering information, but until I have all the details, I cannot comment.”
Montero, 24, has been nothing but a disappointment since coming to the Mariners in the 2012 trade that sent Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees. Montero showed plenty of promise as a prospect, but has been both injured and unproductive as a pro.
He played in 29 games for the Mariners last season and hit .208 before being suspended in the Biogenesis scandal. This year, Montero has played only six games at the big-league level, with one homer and two RBIs. In Triple-A this year, he's hit .286 with 16 homers and 74 RBIs.
Now, this wacky ice cream sandwich story will follow him where ever he goes. And given what he's shown the Mariners so far, don't be surprised if Montero's going somewhere else soon.
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