Mike Montgomery Gets a 20-Game Suspension for the Rosin-Bag-Throwing Incident

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Mike Montgomery Gets a 20-Game Suspension for the Rosin-Bag-Throwing Incident

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Wrapping up one of the weirdest former Cub stories in recent memory, Mike Montgomery is getting a 20-game suspension over in the KBO for his rosin-chucking incident.

The suspension, and the incident, if you missed it:

I’m actually shocked that the suspension wasn’t much longer given that he literally threw something and hit an umpire at close range. I figured his season would be over, at a minimum. It may yet be, because it’s possible his team won’t welcome him back after this incident, but officially, he’s only going to miss, what, four starts?

Montgomery, 32, is most famous for getting THE FINAL OUT for the Cubs, but he was a more than serviceable swingman outside of that moment. He got off to a rough start to the 2019 season, though, and was ultimately traded at midseason to the Royals for Martin Maldonado (who was shortly thereafter traded for Tony Kemp, who was shortly thereafter traded for current Cub Alfonso Rivas). He never quite got back to par, and wound up in South Korea earlier this year an unsuccessful stint at Triple-A for the Yankees.

What happens next for Montgomery is anyone’s guess, though he has not pitched well in South Korea, and teams there might not want him back next year regardless. It’s a shame how swift and steep the decline was.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.