Jesus Montero rolls into spring training 40 pounds overweight, says, ‘All I did was eat’ (photo)
Hey it’s Jesus Montero running during warmups #mariners pic.twitter.com/sqn5GC5ws3
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 18, 2014
Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times penned a critical commentary regarding the lost cause that is becoming former Seattle Mariners star prospect Jesus Momtero. Divish writes that Montero is “just another guy filled with potential, but unaware that he’s squandering it.” Given the fact that Montero showed up to the team’s spring training complex in Peoria, Ariz., about 40 pounds above his predetermined target weight, Divish’s assessment of the catcher’s downward spiral of a career may be spot on.
Montero did not help his cause one bit by admitting he didn’t take his weight seriously in the offseason, saying, “After winter ball, all I did was eat.” Ouch. Not good.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik didn’t pull any punches when he articulated the organization’s unhappiness with the 24-year-old.
“We are disappointed in how he came in physically,” Zduriencik said bluntly.
That disinterest in conditioning in the offseason didn’t do much change the minds of people who have been skeptical of Montero’s work ethic. It certainly didn’t inspire Zduriencik, who was clearly unhappy with the situation.
“It’s up to him,” Zduriencik said. ” I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone.”
Awfully damning commentary. Montero may be on his last chance with the Mariners, so it may be a good idea to start getting into playing shape pronto. Certainly not helping is that Montero is also coming off a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, something that even further derailed his season last year after the punishment was levied on Aug. 5.
Also not helping: Montero’s lackadaisical response to the blunt commentary, refusing to accept any responsibility for not coming into camp in shape and ready to go.
“I feel comfortable with my weight,” Montero argued. “But they want me to lose some weight. Whatever they want. I’m here for the opportunity.”
If Montero is truly at spring training for the opportunity and intends to take advantage of it, great. If he’s in Peoria for the town’s plethora of all-you-can-eat buffets? Not so much. In fact, he probably should steer clear of those establishments.
He’s like the Bizarro World version of CC Sabathia.
[H/T Hardball Talk]