By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Just hours after the Minnesota Twins hired Rocco Baldelli away, the Toronto Blue Jays have hired Charlie Montoyo to be their new manager. He takes over for former manager John Gibbons, who was let go at the end of the season.
Montoyo and Baldelli was part of the Tampa Bay Rays coaching staff last year. Baldelli worked with Montoyo as the team’s Major League Fielding Coordinator, while Montoyo was the team’s bench coach.
Baldelli, who was also a finalist for the Blue Jays job, replaces Paul Molitor in Minnesota. Another finalist, David Bell was hired by Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
He was the Rays bench coach for the 2018 season under manager Kevin Cash. The three-years prior, he was the team’s third base coach.
Montoyo was in Toronto, according to TSN SportsNet, on Tuesday to interview for the job. The new leader will be in charge of rebuilding the franchise.
He’ll also get to manage Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the near future.
The 53-year-old Florida, Puerto Rico native worked for the Rays from 2015 through 2018. He has been the Rays bench coach since October 24th, 2015.
Prior to joining the Rays major league staff, he was a minor league coach within their farm system since 1997. He was first the rookie-level Princeton Devil Rays manager.
He guided that Devil Rays team to a 39-30 record, before being promoted to the Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades in 1998. With the Renegades, the team won their first division title.
Montoyo was then moved to the Charleston RiverDogs, where he managed in 1999 and 2000. He was then moved to the Bakersfield Blaze in 2001 and 2002.
From 2003 through 2006, he was the Rays Double-A manager. He first managed the Orlando Rays in 2003 and the Montgomery Biscuits from 2004 through 2006.
Montoyo guided the Biscuits to the Southern League Championship in 2006.
The next season in 2007, he was then moved up to the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A team. He guided the 2009 and 2013 teams to the Governors’ Cup. He managed that team from 2007 through 2014 and had a .526 win percentage (1,266-1,142) in his career.
In July 2014, he became the Bulls all-time winningest manager with his 614th win. He had 633 wins with the Bulls before his promotion to the Rays.
In addition, he won the Mike Coolbaugh Award in 2009. He also won the International League Manager of the Year Award in 2010 and 2013.