The basketball team’s loss was Montgomery’s baseball career’s gain.

That night when he was removed, I told him and his dad to come over to the house and we’ll sit down and talk, Hart baseball coach Jim Ozella said in a phone interview. He was bothered because he spent so much time playing basketball, but I said, ‘Listen, we’re going to make this the best thing that’s ever happened to you.’
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Gimenez and Montgomery were teammates in the Rays system in 2013. The pitcher was a far cry from the near-finished product he is today. Though neither player can remember exactly why, Gimenez was Montgomery’s personal catcher. In the minors. That doesn’t happen often. Back then I didn’t know what I was doing, Montgomery said with a laugh in recalling that season. I had a feel, but everything was different. I set the record for wild pitches that year in the International League. I was a different pitcher, and [Gimenez] was a veteran-type guy they brought in.

Montgomery threw 18 wild pitches that season, and Gimenez didn’t dismiss the notion that the coaches might have just thought, ‘Here, he’s your problem,’ giving the catcher the task of helping harness the talent everyone saw. Fast-forward to late last month, when Gimenez caught Montgomery in a game for the first time since that year. Even with Montgomery on a pitch count, the results were better than anyone could have expected: 5⅔ innings, two hits, five strikeouts, no walks, no runs, 76 pitches. The Cubs won 7-0.

Johnson, an Orlando, Fla., native, is accused of assaulting a valet at a nightclub in Tampa around 1 a.m. ET on April 9. The alleged victim, Matthew McNeel, suffered a bloody nose and a cut lip during the altercation.

Johnson, 32, was selected by the Titans with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and went on to have stints with the Jets and Cardinals. The former All-Pro rusher was released by Arizona in September after playing four games in 2017.

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