The Mariners are set to host an afternoon matinee against the Padres Tuesday and they have an interesting lineup. DH/former catcher Jesus Montero is set to receive his first career big-league start at first base along with John Buck batting cleanup and serving as the DH. So, along with catcher Mike Zunino, it wouldn't be a stretch to say the Mariners are essentially starting three catchers.
Montero actually hasn't caught all season. In the past two seasons, he's played at first base in the minors 64 times. So it's not an absurd move by McClendon. Still, when asked if he had confidence in the move, good ol' Lloyd provided reporters with this beauty:
McClendon on why he had confidence to put Montero at 1B: "I never said I had confidence. I said I need a first baseman. He's available…"— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) June 17, 2014
Viva la honesty.
McClendon has both Justin Smoak and Corey Hart on the disabled list, so, as he said, he needs a body at first. Montero has been playing there in the minors, so he'll work. But not having confidence in the move when Montero has never played there in the majors? It's hard to blame him.
What makes this comment stand out is rarely do managers ever admit they aren't confident in a move. You know there are plenty of times when they aren't, so it's cool to see the honesty from McClendon.