Found May 24, 2013 on SeaTown Sports:
Photo Credit: Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images Editor's Update: Since this article was written on Friday, the Mariners have also sent 2B Dustin Ackley and LHP Lucas Luetge to AAA Tacoma, and called up INF Nick Franklin and RHP Hector Noesi. Although this move was a long time coming, and suggested by several Mariners analysts and enthusiasts, it finally came to fruition today: Jesus Montero was finally sent down to AAA Tacoma, while Jesus Sucre was called up to be the backup catcher to Kelly Shoppach. How will this demotion help Montero improve? Will Sucre be able to make any impact at all? Will there be any further roster moves coming? The philosophy that the Mariners management takes with Montero will be key. It seems that the experiment with him Montero at catcher should end, as he is a below average defensive catcher, and all of this time behind the plate has really diminished his hitting, his only true asset. The Mariners should make Montero a full-time DH, with the hope of restoring his offensive firepower. This type of move is not unprecedented, and history has shown that moving away from catcher has helped hitters regain their power, with Carlos Delgado being the best example. This could really help Montero gain some confidence at the plate, and some pop back in his legs. If the Montero-at-DH experiment doesn’t work, then it could be time to move on from him entirely, as he would have no real worth to the team. Then again, he is only 23. Will his replacement, Jesus Sucre, make an impact? He has never shown any consistent power, as in the equivalent of three full seasons in the minors, he has only hit 17 homers. This isn’t too encouraging, but the good news is that he has potential to be a good defensive catcher. Sucre has shown good skill in the minor leagues both stopping balls in the dirt and throwing out base stealers. It remains to be seen whether he can translate this success to the professional game, but he has shown promise, and also displays a great work ethic. Are any more roster moves coming? Jeremy Bonderman is one candidate who deserves another chance in the big leagues. He has been pitching very well in the minors this season, and if he doesn’t get called up soon, he will have the chance to opt for free agency on June 1.

John Clayton trains for, throws out first pitch

John Clayton is as popular as ever. The ESPN NFL analyst, commonly known as the “the Professor,” threw out the first pitch last night at the Safeco Field prior to the start of the Seattle Mariners game. Clayton even had himself a training regimen leading up to the game. Gotta hand it to Clayton, as the guy isn’t afraid make fun of himself, as we saw last year in the greatest...

Montero's future with M's in question

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Umpire badly blows double play call

First base umpire Jeff Nelson blew a call in unbelievable fashion on Friday night in Seattle. In the bottom of the second inning, Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre hit a grounder to first baseman Mitch Moreland. Moreland threw to Elvis Andrus at second for one, and Andrus fumbled with the ball before throwing it back to first for the apparent double play. Only that's not what really...

Jesus Montero Optioned to AAA Tacoma

Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma and will be replaced by catcher Jesus Sucre. Interestingly Mike Zunino  is the starter in Tacoma and Double-A back-up catcher Brandon Bantz  has been moved up and will be has backup.Where does that leave Montero? Apparently the Mariners will look to play Montero at first base and DH.  Zunio is considered...

Nothing goes right for Seattle Mariners in Anaheim

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Seattle Mariners demote Jesus Montero

New York Yankees fans were pitching a fit over a year ago when Brian Cashman traded away star hitting prospect Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners for starting pitcher Michael Pineda. They really became pissed when Pineda showed up fat and out-of-shape to Spring Training, and then subsequently injured his shoulder, costing him the entire 2012 season. Yankees fans envisioned Montero...

Jesus Montero sent to AAA, no longer viewed as MLB caliber catcher

Yesterday I wrote an article expressing my appreciation for New York Yankees GM, Brian Cashman. Dealing with loads of taxes, inflated expectations, and emotional ownership is not easy and as hard as it is for anyone in New York to be underrated, I think he has become just that. In yesterday’s article I lamented the Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda trade as one of his few mistakes,...

Umpire gets call wrong on bizarre double play in Mariners game (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Umpire Jeff Nelson totally butchered a call on a double play ball in the second inning of the Texas Rangers-Seattle Mariners game on Friday night, giving catcher Jesus Sucre a memorable first career at-bat. Seattle led off the bottom of the second with two singles and had Sucre up with nobody out. Sucre grounded a ball to first baseman Mitch...

Video: Umpire blows double play call in Mariners game

Your browser does not support iframes.Well, it's safe to say first base umpire Jeff Nelson blew this call.The moment came in the bottom of the second inning as Seattle Mariners hitter Jesus Sucre hit a sharp grounder at Texas Rangers first basemen Mitch Moreland with a man on first. At first glance, the ball appeared to be tailor made for a double play.Moreland quickly rifled...

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Video: John Clayton had hilarious training montage before throwing first pitch at Mariners game

Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch has become a trendy tradition these days.It allows people who would never ordinarily find themselves on the pitching mound to receive 15 seconds of fame. Take ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton for example.Clayton tossed out the first pitch before the Seattle Mariners game Friday night. Click here to see how it went.However, the real treat to behold...

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