A New Perspective On Old History

Jeff Sullivan · August 5, 2013 at 10:31 am · Filed Under Mariners 

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A-Rod plays mentor to Montero

A-Rod took his two days in Scranton with the Triple-A Yankees as an opportunity to mentor [Jesus Montero]. He took him into the indoor batting cage Wednesday afternoon and worked with him  on his swing, his approach and about making the next step for about 20 minutes.
“He has been great with all the guys, but really taken Monty under his wing,” Wynegar said. “He is trying to show him the work it takes at the major league level. And Monty is just absorbing it all.”
Rodriguez’s tenure as a tutor was over after he was pulled from the game in the eighth inning Wednesday night and headed for Minnesota, but he told Montero he’d like to reconnect.

“We talked about hopefully getting together this winter in Miami, working out with Kevin Long and Butch and whoever wants to come down to Miami and  have a little bit of a winter hitting camp,” Rodriguez said.


13 Responses to “A New Perspective On Old History”

  1. Logan Davis on August 5th, 2013 10:36 am


  2. ABP52380 on August 5th, 2013 10:41 am

    I was waiting for this connection to be made. I recall reading articles and tidbits like this before. Interesting. AROD – “The Role Model.”

  3. MosesLakeBrian on August 5th, 2013 11:28 am

    You forgot the “I” in A-ROID.

  4. hailcom on August 5th, 2013 11:35 am

    The one positive to take away, IMO, is that Montero already was a highly regarded prospect before getting “mentored” by A-Rod. So maybe there is some hope his natural hitting ability does not need PEDs to allow him to succeed at teh major league level. As Dave suggests, of course, that won’t be happening soon and we’ll just have to wait and see.

  5. vj on August 5th, 2013 11:36 am

    Well, rumor has it that A-Rod will be punished for inducing others to use PEDs, so there absolutely could be something to this story.

  6. Westside guy on August 5th, 2013 12:22 pm

    Normally speculating about a player’s steroid use runs against the USSM commenting guidelines. But when we’re talking about players who are dinged for it (Morse, A-Rod, Montero) – I assume then it’s okay to bring it up in, say, game threads? 😀

  7. smb on August 5th, 2013 12:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing this gem of hilarity, which is like a multi-faceted gemstone of great beauty.

    Although I focused more on the Montero quotes…

    “thinks hitting is easy so naturally doesn’t work as hard at it as we’d like”

    “bored with (minor leagues), needs a new challenge”

    This hints to me that maybe the ugly whispers I’ve read from time to time about his attitude and ego (as they translate into lack of work ethic, anyway) might be for real. If this suspension wakes him up to the real commitment it takes even a great talent to get in, stay in, and perform for years at a high level in the majors, then so be it. I’m not sure if he was even getting it down in Tacoma otherwise, especially knowing he’s not going to catch for the M’s. If he wants to be the DH of the org’s future, now would be the time to turn a real corner.

  8. deflep78 on August 5th, 2013 1:02 pm

    With this opening a 40 man spot, do you go ahead and put Almonte on? Would make sending Ackley back to AAA easier and the kid deserves a shot and would definitely help a defensively challenged outfield.

  9. Adam S on August 5th, 2013 1:15 pm

    Normally speculating about a player’s steroid use runs against the USSM commenting guidelines.
    I’m just a commenter not an “owner” of USSM, but there’s a difference in random speculation — Player X must have been on steroids because he’s bulked up or he had a good month in June and never repeated it — versus talking about a player who has been suspended or is in the BioGenesis report or has admitted use.

    Not sure Game Thread and PEDs should ever go together.

  10. msfanmike on August 5th, 2013 1:40 pm

    A-Rod must have introduced him to the generic brand of PED’s. The ones that do not help with pitch and/or strike-zone recognition.

  11. Woodcutta on August 5th, 2013 2:48 pm

    I should preface may above post. I don’t know of any other players to ever be on the M’s MLB roster that were even rumored to have been using a banned substance. I remember Jamal Strong was suspended and there many have been other minor league players over the years.

  12. Paul B on August 5th, 2013 3:46 pm

    I wonder if A Rod mentored Cervilli, too?

  13. joser on August 5th, 2013 5:07 pm

    But when we’re talking about players who are dinged for it (Morse, A-Rod, Montero) – I assume then it’s okay to bring it up in, say, game threads?

    Thing is, that kind of thing gets out of hand quickly — it can go from talking about the players for which we have some information to speculation to “Joe Blow is juiced!” innuendo pretty quick.

    My rule about PEDs (and most subjects, hopefully) is to avoid the topic unless I can say something new or interesting. Since we all have the same news sources, and I at least am not a medical professional with experience in the field, I’m stuck with coming up with something interesting… and at this point in that particular discussion, I don’t think anything really is. At least, in general. The specifics of these bans and their impacts on teams (this season and the offseason), ARod’s fight, the MLBPA’s role, etc — there are some things interesting there. The wider PED conversation, though, seems sucked dry and the husk left only as a bridge for trolls.

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