Mariners catcher Jesus Montero tries to attack scout with bat

Mariners catcher Jesus Montero tried to go after a scout in the stands at a minor league game after...

Mariners catcher Jesus Montero tried to go after a scout in the stands at a minor league game after he was teased about his weight. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters/Files)

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, Last Updated: 9:26 PM ET

Seattle Mariners minor league catcher/first baseman Jesus Montero, on a rehab assignment with short-season Everett at Boise, will not play again this season after he went after a cross-checker scout with a bat during Thursday's game when the scout heckled him.

According to MiLB.com, Montero went into the stands with a bat after the scout ordered him to hustle off the field in Spanish and had an ice cream sandwich sent to him in the dugout.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik called the behavior of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala "unacceptable" and "embarrassing."

"We are extremely disappointed in both of their actions. It is unacceptable," Zduriencik said. "This organization doesn't condone that type of behavior. It is being addressed as we speak. There are no excuses for either party. We have none. We don't intend to make any. It's something that is extremely disappointing and embarrassing for the organization and for those two individuals."

Baccala, who was overseeing other Mariners scouts, was apparently teasing Montero about his weight. Montero had reported to spring training 40 pounds overweight. At the time of the incident, Montero was acting as first base coach.

After exchanging words, Montero had to be physically restrained when he tried to enter the stands where the scout was sitting while carrying a bat in his hands. Montero swore at the scout, threw the ice cream sandwich at him and then was pulled back by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, according to the Boise official scorer.

Montero was not ejected from the game. He remained in the Everett dugout until the end of the contest. Everett won 13-8.

Montero joined the Everett squad in Boise early this week and was scheduled to be placed on the roster Friday.

Montero, 24, is batting .286 with 16 home runs and 74 RBIs in 97 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season.


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