Miguel Montero

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Biographical Information[edit]

Miguel Montero was signed by scout Junior Noboa for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. He made his pro debut that summer for the DSL Diamondbacks.

Montero came up in September 2006 for 6 games as a catcher after having hit .321 with a .515 slugging percentage in 36 games in his first shot at Triple A ball. In 2007 and 2008, he was the # 2 catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks behind Chris Snyder.

He was a member of the Chicago Cubs team that ended the historical World Series drought by the team in 2016. The Cubs carried three catchers in the postseason, with Willson Contreras and David Ross also on the roster. That was not unusual by itself; what was unusual was that all three started at least one game and hit at least one homer against the Cleveland Indians in the Fall Classic. On June 27, 2017, Montero complained to reporters after a game in which the Washington Nationals tied a franchise record with seven stolen bases - all in the first four innings of a 6-1 win over the Cubs. Montero blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for not holding on the runners and not speeding his delivery in order to give him a chance to throw outs the base stealers. The Cubs' brass was not impressed with his ranting and the next day he was designated for assignment. That said, it was not the first time teams had taken advantage of Montero's throwing, as opponents were 31 for 31 in stolen base attempts at that point. On July 3rd, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later.

He has also played winter ball in Venezuela.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL All-Star (2011 & 2014)
  • Won one World Series with the Chicago Cubs in 2016

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