Miguel Montero

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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Miguel Montero signs with team that stole seven bases off him last summer

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Miguel Montero signs with team that stole seven bases off him last summer

The world can be a funny place sometimes.

Late last June, Miguel Montero was catching for the Cubs against the Washington Nationals. With Jake Arrieta on the mound, the Nationals stole seven bases in just four innings, ultimately winning the game 6-1. The night ended with Montero famously calling out Arrieta for his inability to hold on runners. 

“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.

“If I don’t get a chance to throw, that’s the reason why they were running left and right today, because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. It’s a shame that it’s my fault because I didn’t throw anybody out.”

Ironically enough, the Nationals signed Montero Thursday to a minor league deal with an invitation to MLB Spring Training. The move reunites him with former Cubs' bench coach and new Nationals' manager Dave Martinez.

The Cubs designated Montero for assignment for his comments, eventually trading him to the Toronto Blue Jays a few days later. He hit a subpar .216 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 76 games between the Cubs and Blue Jays while also surrendering a woeful 58 stolen bases in 63 attempts.

The Nationals already have a starting catcher in Matt Wieters, so Montero will compete for a backup position. He could prove useful in Washington, as he is a left-handed hitter that can hit for power. At this point in his career, though, his best days might be behind him.

Montero's stay in Chicago ended poorly, but he will always be remembered for his contributions that helped the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

The veteran backstop hit a grand slam in Game 1 of the 2016 NLCS, propelling the the Cubs to a 1-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also hit an RBI single in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series, putting the Cubs ahead 8-6 in a game that they won 8-7 to clinch their first championship since 1908.

 

 

Blue Jays add another former Cub

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Blue Jays add another former Cub

The Blue Jays already boast former Cubs Miguel Montero and Darwin Barney on their roster and now they are adding another recent Cubs castoff.

Toronto called up left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson Tuesday afternoon.

Anderson signed with the Cubs over the winter and with both sides hoping to cash in on his past upside, he began the season in the starting rotation. Of course, that didn't go over well as he made just six starts to the tune of an 8.18 ERA and 2.091 WHIP, allowing 20 runs on 34 hits and 12 walks in 22 innings.

He got only five outs in his last two starts in early May, getting tagged for 12 runs on 13 hits and a walk in that span before going on the disabled list with a back injury.

It wasn't all bad for Anderson, as he was 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA through his first four starts. Even with his struggles over the last couple years (he also had an 11.91 ERA in 11.1 innings in 2015), the 29-year-old southpaw has a career 3.99 ERA and went 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015.

The Cubs released Anderson on July 31 and the Blue Jays scooped him up a couple weeks later. After performing well in a pair of minor-league games for the Blue Jays, Toronto's front office wants to see what he can do for the big-league club in the season's final few weeks.

Anderson will get another chance to work with Montero, who caught two of the lefty's Cubs starts.