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(NEW YORK) -- Following a bizarre incident involving an ice cream sandwich, the Seattle Mariners have suspended catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero the rest of the season.
This past Thursday, during a minor league game for the Boise Hawks, Mariners scout Butch Baccala sent over an ice cream sandwich to the dugout for Montero as a way to heckle him.
Montero has battled weight issues this season, reportedly showing up nearly 40 pounds overweight to spring training earlier this year.
Angered by Baccala's attempt to embarrass him, Montero reportedly tried to go after him in the stands with a bat.
"I want to apologize on behalf of the Mariners franchise to the Boise Hawks and their fans," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We recognize that fans, including children, were impacted by this incident, and the language that was used. We recognize the severity of this incident, and want to assure the Hawks and their fans that it will be dealt with appropriately. In addition, I want to thank Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Boise Hawks, for his assistance in helping me ascertain what occurred last night."
Montero was acquired by the Mariners in 2012 for Michale Pineda. He's struggled to stay in the Majors and produce like the top prospect he once was. The 24-year-old Montero is hitting just .251 during his time with Seattle.
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