There’s a snow storm bearing down on the country’s media nerve center. Basically everyone at NBC except Gleeman and me are out in Arizona for some football game. It’s 5pm and my kids’ school was closed so it’s been kind of a hectic day around here. So let us wind down and relax with some topless Dustin Pedroia.
Back on New Year’s Eve we noted that Mariners “catcher” Jesus Montero had lost some 30-35 pounds. Now it’s apparently 40 pounds, as this more in-depth report from John McGrath of the News-Tribune about Montero’s offseason transformation reveals.
More importantly, it reveals that the Mariners, though they would have every justification to, have not given up on Montero. They have not given up despite his regression as a player, his knuckleheaded antics off-the-field and the fact that, at present, he doesn’t seem to have a position.
He may not play into the Mariners’ big league plans at all this year. But at Triple-A last year an out-of-shape and unfocused Montero hit .286/.350/.489 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI over 97 games. Imagine what a dedicated, in shape Montero might yet do.
This isn’t self-proclaimed, but Ken Rosenthal knows what time it is:
Phil Coke is looking for a job, but he pitches with his left hand, so whether he gained or lost 15 pounds, he should find a landing spot.