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February 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Jesus Montero works the opposite field

Seems like we can never get enough of Jesus Montero taking batting practice. Watch him in footage from earlier today, spliced together from multiple rounds of batting practice, as he attempts to go the opposite way to right field.
As we know, Safeco Field can be murder on rght-handed hitters. It won’t kill Montero to go the other way every now and then.


Montero will inevitably be compared to Michael Pineda this season and likely for several years to come. The Mariners might have gotten a head start in that contest with news today that Pineda weighed in at 280 pounds (!!) in Yankees camp and admits he could stand to lose about 10 of them.
Um, try 20, Michael. Maybe 30.
Seriously, Pineda last season was sporting a nice roll of fat around his mid-section and wasn’t close to weighing 280 pounds. And believe me, I don’t want to slag this pitcher just because he went to another team and isn’t around to defend himself.
Pineda is a likeable guy and had a great first season in the majors. But I’d be lying if I told you he had his weight under control. Yes, he’s a big, strong kid. Looks like an NFL tight end…except when he takes off the shirt. Check out what Rob Grankowski of the Patriots looked like dancing around shirtless on a stage on all those internet videos at the post-game party after losing the Super Bowl. That’s what an NFL tight end truly looks like and Pineda — though he could pass for one in street clothes — has some way to go.
So, best of luck, Michael. But if you want to judge who arrived in camp in better shape, Montero has Pineda beat. It’s only Round One, of course. And it could take years to decide who got the better of this deal.
But let’s face it. The M’s needed the offense. Let’s hope Montero does this against real, live pitchers.

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