SEATTLE – Jesus Montero will not play baseball again this season for the Seattle Mariners’ organization after a heated confrontation in the stands with a team scout during a minor league game in Boise, Idaho.
Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said on Friday that the actions of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala were “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” for the club. Montero was being brought back to Seattle while Baccala was told to return to his home in the Bay Area and await internal discussions regarding discipline.
“We are extremely disappointed in both of their actions. It is unacceptable,” Zduriencik said. “This organization doesn’t condone that type of behavior. It is being addressed as we speak. There are no excuses for either party. . . . It’s something that is extremely disappointing and embarrassing for the organization and for those two individuals.”
The confrontation came during a Single-A game between the Boise Hawks and Seattle’s affiliate, the Everett AquaSox, on Thursday night. Montero was with the Northwest League club while recovering from an oblique injury in the hopes that the first baseman and designated hitter could get enough at-bats that he could be a possible September addition to the Mariners when rosters expand.
Montero was not playing in the game and was coaching first base as his rehab assignment with the club was scheduled to begin on Friday.