You'd think that Mariners DH Jesus Montero, coming off a 50-game PED suspension and a disappointing season-and-change on the field in the Seattle, would be angling to impress this spring. That, however, doesn't seem to be happening.
Montero showed up to camp visibly overweight and even admitted that, following his stint in winter ball, "all I did was eat" ...
Embattled Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, who in January of 2012 acquired Montero from the Yankees as part of the Michael Pineda deal, sounds especially exasperated. His words, courtesy of Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times:
"We are disappointed in how he came in physically. ... It's up to him. I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone. ... He's got a ton to prove. It's all on him."
Considering that execs have a hardwired habit of moderating their public comments, those are some pretty harsh words. They're also understandable. Not only did Montero, who was once one of the most highly regarded prospects in baseball, have to be moved off the catcher position, but he's also authored a batting line of .252/.293/.377 since the trade.
It bears repeating: The professional athlete's primary tool is his or her body. Absent some kind of glandular issue, there's no excuse for letting yourself get badly out of shape, especially if, like Montero, you're 24 years old and far from established.