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Sep 7, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs catcherMiguel Montero
(47) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Catcher: Miguel Montero
In case, you’re confused as to why I titled this slide ‘Bailando’ — it’s referring to his walk-up song which is performed by Enrique Iglesias. Each player has their own unique song that plays before they step into the batter’s box and Venezuelan-born catcher just so happened to pick this one, which is catchy by the way.
Montero was acquired by the Cubs in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
They’ve been looking to upgrade behind the dish for a while and the move opened the door for the Cubs to trade away Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners. He later found his way with the Diamondbacks and finished the year strong himself.
Montero, like a handful of Cubs in 2015, ended a game with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers. For the first time in over two years, Miguel reached the 15 home run mark but fell well short of his career-high in RBI by wrapping up the 2015 campaign with only 53.
The nine-year veteran also caught his second career no-hitter when ace right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched his first-ever no-no on Sunday Night Baseball in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
The 32-year-old was behind the dish when former Cub and teammate Edwin Jackson did so when they were both in Arizona back in 2010. There was a rumor going around about the Cubs possibly looking to upgrade at the catcher’s position again, but nothing came of it.
He’s still ahead of David Ross on the depth chart and will likely continue to split playing time with the 38-year-old and left fielder, Kyle Schwarber.
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