Montero benched for not running out a ground ball


Our long national nightmare is over. Chad Jennings has confirmed that uberprospect Jesus Montero was pulled from Friday’s game because he didn’t run out a grounder, and was also held out of this weekend’s games for the same reason. He will return to the lineup tonight. There was talk that Montero pulled up lame running to first (implying injury), but reports later indicated that he was seen warming up pitchers in the bullpen. If he was hurt, that never would have been allowed.

Good job by the organization to make sure that didn’t go unpunished. Montero has never experienced failure as a professional player, so it’s good to see them keep him in check. Hopefully this is the last we hear of this.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. Andrew says:

    Will the picture for Montero Watch now be one of him frowning and looking sad?

  2. Thomas says:

    Run, Jesus, run.

  3. YankeesJunkie says:

    What a lazy Dominican. The plague continues.


  4. mike says:

    Good news / bad news.

    Good news that the organization feels strong enough (especially with catching prospects) to impose respect upon young players with a sense of entitlement.

    Bad news that this is the second uber-prospect (Tabata)in recent memory, and 3rd if you count Kennedy’s musings, to not only under-perform, but then become petulant children to the point where they need to be disciplined.

    Lets hope he gets him head screwed-on straight, as this does nothing for his value either to the Yanks or to other teams

  5. JT says:

    Wasn’t this also how Tabata started losing his “elite” prospect status ?

    • Andrew says:

      Make-up in terms of effort, etc. has never before been questioned with Montero whereas with Tabata I’m pretty sure it was always, or at least for much of his time as an “elite prospect”, a point of concern.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Don’t compare “El Redentor” to “El Cazador de Cougar”.

    • Tabata got pulled for hustle one time and then freaked out, packed up his things and left the team, contemplated quitting baseball/etc. This is not anything like that.

      • Kevin M. says:

        What worries me is this incident comes after he showed up for Spring Training overweight and admitted to being lazy during the offseason.

        On the other hand we’ve had plenty of reports that he’s worked incredibly hard at becoming a better catcher.

        • I’m worried that he’ll wed a 40-year-old baby stealer and we’ll trade him to the Pirates for Zach Duke.

          I mean, surely this is a sign, right? Right?!

        • Lots of people are lazy during the offseason, it happens.

          When 18-20 year olds occasionally act their age it doesn’t set off any alarms in my head until it becomes a pattern.

          He’s not acting like Delmon Young did, yeesh.

    • A.D. says:

      No, sucking AA was how he lost it

  6. ADam says:

    This guy didn’t go out and get drunk and get into a barfight,So stop with the “I hope he gets his head on strait” talk, he was slumping and out of frustration probably did not run out the ground ball… therefore the org did the right thing and gave him a wake up call that no matter what you run out everything… move on

    • Ray Fuego says:

      This guy didn’t go out and get drunk and get into a barfight,So stop with the “I hope he gets his head on strait straight” talk,

      /fix’d lol

  7. Beamish says:

    Nice to see the number one prospect treated the same as the non-prospect – or maybe it was a tad more harsh befitting the expectations of Da Jesus.

    Sometimes we forget he is only 20 years old. There is still a lot of growing up ahead of him.

  8. This is such common thing it doesn’t bother me unless is starts happening all the time. Much better than an injury.

  9. nathan says:

    A bit disheartening, not all prospects are the same. Amazing how some major leaguers run out every FB, GB and these kids in the minors dont. Tex ran fullspeed on that Castillo pop-up, that real should be shown to Montero on a loop.

    This is his first struggle, hope he will learn how to react to slumps and pressure, better now than in the majors.

    • nathan says:

      * reel

    • pat says:

      I’m sure somewhere along the line young Mark failed to run out a ground ball while playing at GTech or even high school for that matter. These things happen. You can’t let one little instance of frustration erase all the goodwill and hard work a kid has built up.

    • Thomas says:

      I think a key thing with him failing to run out a ball was that he is struggling for the first time. He possibly didn’t run out the grounder, because he was upset with himself. No this (the struggling) is no excuse, but it is often seen with major leaguers failing to run out grounders during slumps, when normally they would.

  10. nathan says:

    On a different note, after Orel and Buck Showalter educated us on BBTN this weekend, that Yanks’ payroll affords us to bring up “major leaguers” like Cervelli and Pena, I am very keen to hear Sutcliffe’s theory abt Yanks payroll (hopefully he cites Romulo, Nova and Russo) excess.

  11. Mike HC says:

    This goes two ways for me:

    1) This is a little ridiculous. It seems like the Yanks are just trying to blow up something relatively small into a “learning experience.” I guess a kick in the ass can’t hurt, but I feel like it is more of a kick in the ass of the sake of it rather than a true punishment for the crime.

    2) Hopefully not, but this could be just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe this was more of a cumulative benching for a bunch of behind the scenes stuff, plus the base running.

    Who knows really. Fun to speculate though. Maybe it was just a simple benching for the base running.

    • nathan says:

      He also reported 20-30 pounds heavy. Who doesnt love the holiday treats, still its something to watch out for. I remember, when he signed with Yanks, Jim Callis kept bringing up how big he was and how much bigger he will become. Yanks have to nip this in the bud.

      Good point on behind the scenes stuff, we dont know anything but it could be the culmination.

  12. steve s says:

    Don’t forget that Jesus also reported overweight/out of shape at the beginning of Spring Training this year as well. Perhaps the Yanks should consider swapping him and Romine to further get in his head that shit won’t be handed to him.

  13. Salty Buggah says:

    It’s all good as long as he isn’t hurt and doesn’t do this more often.

  14. DJH says:

    The Yankees tried to crucify Jesus and failed. He will now take his anger out on all AAA pitching.

  15. Riddering says:

    Um, some of you commenting are drawing way too many conclusions about this. I’m sure the SWB crew knows how to handle Montero and he doesn’t need to be sent down or put in stocks for town jeering.

    • pat says:

      I completely agree.

      (puts rotten fruits and vegetables back in the garbage)

    • Having read this, I’ve concluded a few things. 1) We never landed on the moon. 2) Montero is a member of MS-13. 3) Dolphins are evolving and may have opposable thumbs within a decade, which means as a race, we’re doomed.

      • ROBTEN says:

        Dolphins are evolving and may have opposable thumbs within a decade, which means as a race, we’re doomed.

        A decade? Lucky for us the world is going to end in two years!

        Whew, dodged a bullet there.

  16. A tough lesson now means lessons that (hopefully) don’t have to be learned in the future.

    As they say, you’ll know it’s gone bad when they stop caring.

  17. Dan says:

    Not a big deal at all, but maybe Jeter oughta call him up and tell him the same thing Donnie Baseball once told him when suggesting they run, instead of walk, from the field to the clubhouse.
    “You never know who’s watching.”

  18. Joe S. says:


  19. Chris says:

    Manny Ramirez was a malcontent and often failed to run out balls. David Eckstein always played hard and ran out every ground ball.

    I’d taken Manny over Eckstein every day of the week. And win more games because of it.

    • Templeton "Brendog" Peck says:

      even though this meme annoys me i feel it necessary to put in the obligatory:

      but teh grit!1!!1

  20. Joe S. says:

    History is just as important as the future in any great Empire

  21. dalelama says:

    Glad to see “Jesus” is human.

  22. mike c says:

    Jesus doesn’t run out ground balls, they run from him

  23. DJH says:

    Jesus was hustling it just didn’t look like it because he was floating to first.

  24. Poopy Pants says:

    A-Rod should do a sit down with him ala Cano.

  25. pat says:

    If Montero get’s any heavier maybe we could trade him to the Gmen for Chad Jones.

  26. MikeD says:

    I find it hard to believe that a manager would sit a player for an entire weekend for not running out one ground ball. Seems to me there might be some other issues. Hope not.

  27. Rent A Dent says:

    I heard they were going to trade him for big papi and a bag of balls

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