Miguel Montero
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Miguel Montero

Miguel Montero
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Montero with the Toronto Blue Jays
Born: (1983-07-09) July 9, 1983 (age 37)
Caracas, Venezuela
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 2006, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last MLB appearance
April 5, 2018, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
Batting average.256
Home runs126
Runs batted in550
Career highlights and awards

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

Professional career

Arizona Diamondbacks

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

Since his arrival in the United States, Montero was coached by veteran manager and former catcher Bill Plummer throughout his time with the Diamondbacks organization.

Montero made his major league debut on September 6, 2006, against the Florida Marlins. He went hitless in his first game, as Aníbal Sánchez of the Marlins threw 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

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 led the Cubs to an 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 pitcher Jake 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] Montero apologized to Arrieta after the incident. 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

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]

Washington Nationals

On February 1, 2018, Montero signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[15] He was added to the major-league roster on March 27, 2018.[16] After Montero appeared in four games for Washington and went 0-for-11 at the plate,[17] the Nationals designated him for assignment on April 11, 2018.[18] He was released on April 14, 2018.[19]

On December 10, 2018, Montero announced his retirement.[20][21]

International career

He was selected Venezuela national baseball team at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Personal life

Montero is married to Vanessa.[22] Together, in 2017, the couple created the Miguel and Vanessa Montero Foundation, which aims to provide medical assistance to seriously ill children from Venezuela.[23] On May 1, 2017, Montero and his wife both became United States citizens.[24]

Montero grew up in Venezuela, the youngest of three children. He credits his parents with encouraging him to stay positive and always try.[25]

See also


  1. ^ Ken Rosenthal (May 3, 2012). "Diamondbacks always believed in Montero". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0". Retrosheet.org. June 25, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Gilbert, Steve (July 11, 2014). "Montero named to replace Yadier at All-Star Game". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Montero traded from Diamondbacks to Cubs". ESPN. Associated Press. December 9, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Crasnick, Jerry. "Chicago Cubs get Montero from D-Backs". ESPN Chicago. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Wittenmyer, Gordon (August 30, 2015). "Cubs' Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter vs. Dodgers". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 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 2017.
  9. ^ "Cubs C Miguel Montero calls out Jake Arrieta for Nats' 7 stolen bases". ESPN. May 7, 1986. Retrieved 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 2017.
  11. ^ Rogers, Jesse (June 29, 2017). "Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon critical of DFA'd catcher Miguel Montero". ESPN. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Muskat, Carrie (July 3, 2017). "Cubs trade catcher Montero to Blue Jays". MLB.com. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Boutwell, Christian (August 4, 2017). "Montero lands on DL with groin strain". MLB.com. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Blue Jays designate J.P. Howell, Mike Ohlman for assignment". Sportsnet. August 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ Cotillo, Chris (February 1, 2018). "Nationals sign Miguel Montero to minor-league deal". Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Nationals' Miguel Montero: Officially added to major-league roster". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ baseball-reference.com Miguel Montero
  18. ^ Todd, Jeff (April 11, 2018). "Nationals Designate Miguel Montero". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ Polishuk, Mark (April 14, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 4/14/18". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2018/12/08/diamondbacks-catcher-miguel-montero-goes-catching-repping-new-career-player-agent/2244985002/
  21. ^ Byrne, Connor (December 10, 2018). "Miguel Montero Retires". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ Jackson, John (January 20, 2016). "Cubs' Miguel Montero become American citizen". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ Carrie Muskat (March 28, 2017). "Montero launches effort to help sick children". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017.
  24. ^ Gonzales, Mark (May 1, 2017). "Cubs catcher Miguel Montero becomes U.S. citizen". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Who Is: Miguel Montero, D-Backs Catcher". ArizonaLatinos.com. August 16, 2013. Retrieved 2017.

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