During his tenure with the Mariners, Jesus Montero appeared in 208 games. He managed 796 PA and triple slashed .247/.285/.383, which was good for a meager wRC+ of 85. When he wasn't DHing, he played poor defense at catcher and then poor defense at first base. To put it simply, Montero had a rough go of it in the PNW. When the Mariners traded away Jose Campos and Michael Pineda four years ago, I don't think many people imagined that Montero would end up with an fWAR of -1.4 during his time in Seattle. But here we are.
That being said, it should be noted that Montero did have some bright spots with the M's; brief/sudden flashes when fans could catch a tantalizing glimpse of the largely-dormant talent that Montero still possesses. To help folks remember some of these happier moments, here are Montero's five greatest hits in a Seattle Mariners uniform (by WPA).
5. Jesus Montero hits a two-run home run to left center field off of Joe Blanton
- Date: April 27th, 2013 vs. LAA
- Situation: Bottom of the 6th, M's down 0-2, 0 outs, runner on 1st
- WPA: 0.280
4. Jesus Montero hits a two-run home run to left field off of Colby Lewis
- Date: August 9th, 2015 vs. TEX
- Situation: Bottom of the 4th, M's down 2-1, 2 outs, runner on 1st
- WPA: 0.284
3. Jesus Montero hits a three-run home run to left field off of Jered Weaver
- Date: September 16th, 2015 vs. LAA
- Situation: Bottom of the 4th, M's tied 0-0, 2 outs, runners on 1st and 2nd
- WPA: 0.310
2. Jesus Montero hits a two-run home run to left field off of
- Date: August 12th, 2012 @ LAA
- Situation: Top of the 6th, M's tied 1-1, 2 outs, runner on 1st
- WPA: 0.312
1. Jesus Montero hits a solo home run to right field off of Wade Davis
- Date: April 30th, 2012 @ TBR
- Situation: Top of the 11th, M's tied 1-1, 0 outs, bases empty
- WPA: 0.351
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Five home runs. Five long balls to either pull the Mariners even or put them ahead. Individually, ever one of these hits is worth celebrating. Sometimes the overall disappointment of a player's career can obscure these types of accomplishments, but on the day that we say goodbye to Montero it can be nice to remember them. I sincerely hope that you that rediscover your stroke up in Canada, Jesus. Good luck and hit a bunch of dingers against the Yankees/Red Sox.