Montero originally made the comments intending to place the blame for the swiped bags on starter Jake Arrieta and his slow delivery to the plate. Now it seems Rizzo didn’t take too kindly to Montero’s “wasn’t me” routine.
Rizzo criticized Montero’s decision to talk to the media rather than address the matter privately. “He’s frustrated. He’s obviously frustrated. When anytime anyone steals seven bases, Miggy gets frustrated.
“It’s his second time barking at the media and not just going to his teammates. As a veteran like he is, you’d think he’d make smart decisions about it.”
Montero had criticized Maddon during an radio interview for lack of communication and lack of playing time in the regular season and postseason.
“We win as a team and we lose at a team. When you start pointing fingers, I think that labels you as a selfish player.”
Even alone, that kind of blistering rhetoric from Rizzo makes his point clear: You don’t speak out of school on issues regarding teammates. Even glaring issues that help cost the team wins.
Rizzo wasn’t done, though, and a tweet from the WMVP twitter account has the following quote:
Rizzo on Miggy’s comments: “When you point fingers you’re a selfish player. We have another catcher that throws everyone out.”
Forget warning shots, Anthony Rizzo just broadsided Miguel Montero. This being the second time the Cubs as a team—and individually—have had to answer for Montero’s comments to the media, it comes as no surprise that the Cubs acted swiftly, designating Montero for assignment, per multiple sources. Here is Sahadev Sharma, Cubs beat writer for The Athletic:
Can confirm Miguel Montero DFA’d and Victor Caratini coming up. Story coming