It’s About Fucking Time: Jesus Montero Demoted To Tacoma

Two of the biggest mental midgets I’ve seen in quite some time arrived via the Michael Pineda trade.  Hector Noesi has been a flop of epic proportions with his biggest gift – an ability to throw strikes – also being his biggest weakness – throwing too many hittable strikes when ahead in the count.  His stuff is there, but for whatever reason, it’s not sinking in mentally.  Therefore, he has been languishing in the minors or at the very bottom of the Major League bullpen.

Jesus Montero might be even worse.  No one ever expected Jesus Montero to be our Catcher of the Future, because we knew coming in that catching wasn’t his strong suit.  I don’t know if anyone anticipated the utter disaster he has been behind the plate, but give yourself a gold star if you did, because he’s been THE WORST.

That wasn’t the point of Jesus Montero, though.  We could withstand some sub-par catching just as long as he hit like Edgar Martinez.

Well, Jesus Montero has NOT been sub-par at catching and he has NOT hit like Edgar Martinez.  He’s been a total fucking liability behind the plate, and he’s been a total fucking trainwreck AT the plate.

Remember all those people who killed Jackie Z for the Cliff Lee deal?  Remember how they lamented that we could have had Montero AND Pineda instead of Montero and Smoak?  Well, who would’ve thunk that Smoak would go on to become the most valuable piece in that whole dance with the devil?  And, that’s not even saying a whole helluva lot!

Jesus Montero has been nothing short of a complete disappointment.  This sucks.  Now, he’s going to go down to Tacoma and be the everyday DH.  Because he sure as shit isn’t going to take away any of Zunino’s playing time!  There’s really no hope for the kid.  Hitting was supposed to be the ONE thing he was good at.  What’s he going to do in Triple-A that’s going to make him a better hitter in the Majors?  Gain more confidence?  What’s THAT going to do?  He’s already a professional baseball player; I don’t think confidence is his problem!

Is playing in Tacoma going to help him be more selective with the pitches he swings at?  Will it force him to think about what he does at the plate?  Will it help him develop a plan?  Will it lead to him studying opponents and their tendencies when they pitch to him?  Will it force him to put in the work that needs to be done to become a better, smarter baseball player?

Or will he just fuck around like he’s done all his life, getting by on the raw ability he’s been blessed with since birth?

You know what the difference is between Russell Wilson and Charlie Whitehurst?  About half a foot in height and a million fucking hours spent in preparation for gameday.  Raw ability will only take you so far in life.  To go to the next level once you reach the peak, you need to put in the man-hours:  studying, practicing, preparing, thinking about your craft.  Unless Jesus Montero is willing and able to put in the time and the effort, having him go down to Tacoma and hit .333 isn’t going to make him any more ready to return to the Majors.

Hopefully, taking away any and all catching duties will do the trick.  Let him focus on just that one thing he’s supposedly good at.  Putting too much on the dullard’s plate is a great way to leave yourself with one huge mess to clean up at meal’s end.

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