We thought there was no crying baseball. Apparently, we were told a lie. Miguel Montero decides he’s tired of getting attacked and wants his pitchers—who are just as responsible for stolen bases—to shoulder some of the responsibility, and all of a sudden he’s a bad guy? Please. Like you would just lie down, and take the blame when it wasn’t all your fault, right?
If he didn’t say anything, Jake Arrieta’s and Jon Lester’s long deliveries would continue to let runners get extra bases. Even Arrieta acknowledged Montero was right, according to the catcher. Teammates should have each other’s back. It doesn’t mean treating them with kid gloves all the time. Sometimes they need to get a kick in the ass. Montero was just trying to make his teammates better.
Miguel Montero was right though. Waaay to slow to the plate. Designate him anyway, classic Cubs.
There are right ways to go about making your team better. Going publicly through the media is rarely one of them. Miguel Montero was frustrated after a bad performance where he allowed six stolen bases in one game, but it doesn’t excuse him for pinning everything on his pitchers. Good teammates hold themselves accountable and discuss each other’s performances in the privacy of their locker room man to man —not fighting through the media.
And Montero isn’t a victim here. Yes, Arrieta and Lester don’t have strong pick-off games, but neither does Montero. The Venezuelan catcher has only thrown out one of 31 potential base-stealers this year. Montero should only be pointing the finger at himself. Now his teammates and organization can’t trust him. Being demoted was the only option for the Cubs.