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Former Cubs catcher Miguel Montero launches sports management agency

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Former Cubs catcher Miguel Montero launches sports management agency

After playing in just four MLB games in 2018, Miguel Montero appears to be on to his next endeavor: baseball agent.

According to the Arizona Republic, Montero is now the CEO of ZT Sports, a sports management agency. The company, which Montero started with his brother-in-law, has 17 clients. While most of its clients are minor league players, the company does represent Giants outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

While Montero said he is "pretty much retired," he believes his playing experience will be benefical to those he represents.

“I can help them,” Montero said. “How can I help them change this slump when they’re going 0-for-20, the approach to take when that happens? A lot of agents, they never went 0-for-1 because they never played the game.

“I see a lot of guys who have been successful doing this (being agents) and these guys are not that special. So if these guys did it, why can’t we do it, too?”

Montero's career with the Cubs famously ended in June 2017 after the catcher called out pitcher Jake Arrieta. The Nationals stole seven bases off Montero in four innings, though the catcher threw Arrieta under the bus after the game.

“It really sucks because the stolen bases go on me,” Montero said. “When you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time. It’s just like: ‘Yeah, OK, Miggy can’t throw nobody out.’ Yeah, but my pitchers don’t hold anybody on. It’s tough, because it doesn’t matter how much work I put in."

Nonetheless, good luck to Montero on his new journey. Despite the way things ended in Chicago, fans will always remember him for his contributions to that helped the Cubs win the 2016 World Series.

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Ian Happ, Nico Hoerner and other Cubs start a podcast during quaratine

Ian Happ, Nico Hoerner and other Cubs start a podcast during quaratine

Looking for some media to consume during the COVID-19 quarantine? A couple of Cubs got you covered.

Cubs Ian Happ, Nico Hoerner and minor leaguers Dakota Mekkes and Zack Short launched a podcast Saturday named "The Compound." It's fitting, considering the four are still training at the Cubs' spring training compound in Arizona.

In Episode 1, the four discuss the best and worst parts of their days, their dream all-time lineups for a hypothetical World Series Game 7 and take fan questions.

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How Cubs’ Jose Quintana learned to speak English and more unique notes

How Cubs’ Jose Quintana learned to speak English and more unique notes

José Quintana is one of the more divisive players on the Cubs. The club acquired him from the White Sox in July 2017, sending top Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease to the South Side.

In the long run, that trade will be viewed as one-sided. But no matter how you feel about it, Jimenez and Cease were the price for a durable starting pitcher with a solid track record and team-friendly contract.

We all remember the trade. Let’s get into some lesser-known facts about the Cubs left-hander.

1. Quintana is the only pitcher to make 10 or more starts for both the Cubs and White Sox in the same season. In fact, he made nearly a clean split between the Sox (18) and Cubs (14) in 2017.

Bonus: the Quintana trade was the first Cubs-Sox deal since November 2006. The Cubs acquired Neal Cotts in exchange for David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.

2. Quintana is one of 24 Colombian born players in MLB history. Others include shortstops Orlando Cabrera and Edgar Renteria, and starter Julio Teheran.

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3. On the last note, Quintana pitched for Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic — the country's first appearance in the tournament.  He made one start, allowing an earned run in 5 2/3 innings in an extra-innings loss to the U.S.

4. As a prospect with the Yankees, Quintana learned to speak English by watching Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show on NBC.

Come on, that’s pretty cool.

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