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.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Cubs easily on your device.