Rays coach to lead Jays
Major League Baseball will have another first-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 different stints with the club.
Gibbons was fired after the Jays finished 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.