Quote of the Day: Lloyd McClendon tells it how it is

Jesus Montero is playing first base for the first time in his MLB career Tuesday.
Jesus Montero is playing first base for the first time in his MLB career Tuesday. (USATSI)

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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:

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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