Rays coach to lead Jays

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WORLD SERIES - Steve Gard­ner

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Ma­jor League Base­ball will have an­other first-time man­ager with the Toronto Blue Jays’ hir­ing of Char­lie Mon­toyo.

The for­mer bench coach of the Tampa Bay Rays will take over for John Gib­bons, who posted a 793-789 record in 11 sea­sons over two differ­ent stints with the club.

Gib­bons was fired af­ter the Jays finished 73-89 this sea­son.

De­spite his low name recog­ni­tion, Mon­toyo, 53, doesn’t lack man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence. He spent 18 years man­ag­ing in the Tampa Bay mi­nor league sys­tem be­fore tak­ing over the job as the Rays’ third­base coach in 2015. Af­ter three years in that po­si­tion, he was pro­moted to bench coach this past sea­son.

“Char­lie is pas­sion­ate about the game, with a su­pe­rior abil­ity to con­nect and re­late,” gen­eral man­ager Ross Atkins said in a state­ment.

The team an­nounced that Mon­toyo, a na­tive of Puerto Rico, has agreed to a three-year con­tract with a team op­tion for 2022.

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