Miguel Montero

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Miguel Montero
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Montero in 2017
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 47
Catcher
Born: (1983-07-09) July 9, 1983 (age 34)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 2006, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through June 21, 2017)
Batting average .259
Hits 958
Home runs 124
Runs batted in 542
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Miguel Angel Montero Fernandez (born July 9, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. Montero is a two-time MLB All-Star.

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Montero as an undrafted free agent in 2001 for a $13,000 signing bonus.[1]

Montero made his major league debut on September 6, 2006, against the Florida Marlins. In that same game, Aníbal Sánchez of the Marlins would throw a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks. Montero played in a total of six games that year, recording a .250 batting average.

In 2007 and 2008, Montero platooned with Chris Snyder at the catching position for the D-Backs and batted a .224 average with 10 home runs in 2007 and batting .255 with five home runs in 2008.

Montero began the 2009 season slowly, hitting just three home runs and having just a .200 batting average through the first two months. However, when Snyder was put on the disabled list in June, Montero's playing time increased markedly and he finished the season with a career-high .294 batting average.

Montero caught Edwin Jackson's no-hitter on June 25, 2010.[2] He finished the season with a .266 batting average and nine home runs.

In 2011, after hitting .272 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI, Montero was selected to his first All-Star Game. He also threw out 40% of baserunners trying to steal, a career high.

Montero was named to his second All-Star game in July 2014, replacing the injured Yadier Molina for the National League.[3]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Following the 2014 season, the Diamondbacks traded Montero to the Chicago Cubs for minor leaguers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley.[4][5] Before a hand injury in mid-July, Montero had appeared in 73 games for the Cubs with 217 at bats. He had 10 home runs and 32 runs-batted-in with a batting average of .230. On August 30, 2015, Montero caught Jake Arrieta's no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.[6]

Miguel Montero on July 16, 2016 with the Cubs

During Game 1 of the 2016 NLCS, Montero hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the 8th inning to break a 3-3 tie and lead the Cubs to a 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the third pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history. Montero entered Game 7 of the 2016 World Series in the bottom of the 9th inning as a defensive replacement for Cubs backup catcher David Ross. In the top of the 10th inning, having batted only .091 (1-for-11) in the postseason to that point, Montero hit a single to left field which drove in Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and improved the team's lead to 8-6. Since the Cleveland Indians only scored one run in the bottom of the 10th inning to make the score 8-7, Montero's RBI provided the game's decisive run and sealed the Cubs' victory.[7] After the series, Montero expressed his disappointment in losing playing time to Willson Contreras and David Ross.[8]

In a game on June 27, 2017, the Washington Nationals went seven-for-seven in stolen bases against Montero. After the game, he said that it was the fault of Arrieta, who took too long to deliver his pitches and failed to hold the runners at their bases.[9] The next day, the Cubs designated Montero for assignment.[10] It was reported this was done because management felt he was a disruption in the clubhouse; Anthony Rizzo considered Montero's comments to the media unprofessional.[11]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On July 3, 2017, Montero was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations or a player to be named later.[12] He was placed on the disabled list with a groin strain on August 4.[13] After a one-game rehab assignment with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, Montero was activated on August 16.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Montero is married to Vanessa.[15] Together, in 2017, the couple created the Miguel and Vanessa Montero Foundation, which aims to provide medical assistance to seriously ill children from Venezuela.[16]

Montero grew up in Venezuela, the youngest of three children. He credits his parents with encouraging him to stay positive and always try.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ken Rosenthal (May 3, 2012). "Diamondbacks always believed in Montero". Fox Sports. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0". Retrosheet.org. June 25, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gilbert, Steve (July 11, 2014). "Montero named to replace Yadier at All-Star Game". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Montero traded from Diamondbacks to Cubs". ESPN. Associated Press. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Crasnick, Jerry. "Chicago Cubs get Montero from D-Backs". ESPN Chicago. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Wittenmyer, Gordon (30 August 2015). "Cubs' Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter vs. Dodgers". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ Chris Bahr @ChrisBahr_FOX November 15, 2016 at 2:34p ET (November 15, 2016). "Why one Cubs World Series hero is upset with how he was handled this postseason". Fox Sports. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cubs C Miguel Montero calls out Jake Arrieta for Nats' 7 stolen bases". ESPN. May 7, 1986. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ John Silver email Madeline Kenney email (March 10, 2017). "Montero designated for assignment by Cubs after he blasts Arrieta". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ Rogers, Jesse (29 June 2017). "Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon critical of DFA'd catcher Miguel Montero". ESPN. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Muskat, Carrie (July 3, 2017). "Cubs trade catcher Montero to Blue Jays". MLB.com. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  13. ^ Boutwell, Christian (August 4, 2017). "Montero lands on DL with groin strain". MLB.com. Retrieved August 16, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Blue Jays designate J.P. Howell, Mike Ohlman for assignment". Sportsnet. August 16, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017. 
  15. ^ Jackson, John (January 20, 2016). "Cubs' Miguel Montero become American citizen". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  16. ^ Carrie Muskat (March 28, 2017). "Montero launches effort to help sick children". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Who Is: Miguel Montero, D-Backs Catcher". ArizonaLatinos.com. August 16, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 

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