SEATTLE – Jesus Montero will not play baseball again this season for the Mariners organization after a heated confrontation in the stands with a team scout during a minor league game in Boise.
Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said on Friday that the actions of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala were “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” for the club. Montero was being brought back to Seattle while Baccala was told to return to his home in the Bay Area and await internal discussions regarding discipline.
The confrontation came during a Single-A game between the Boise Hawks and Seattle’s affiliate, the Everett AquaSox, on Thursday night. Montero was with the club on an injury rehab assignment.
What happened, Zduriencik would not specify. MiLB.com reported Baccala had an ice cream sandwich sent to the dugout for Montero.
Montero was suspended 50 games in 2013 as part of the Biogenesis probe and he reported for spring training in February overweight and out of shape.
Tim Booth, Associated Press