Per Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays are expected to name Charlie Montoyo as their next manager. Montoyo follows Rocco Baldelli as the second Rays coach today to be hired as a manager.
Tampa Bay Rays bench coach and longtime head coach at AAA, will be named the Blue Jays new head coach for the 2019 season. Montoyo has been part of the Kevin Cash’s major league staff since 2015, beginning as the third base coach and eventually becoming the bench coach this past year.
Montoyo will be named the successor to John Gibbons. Gibbons had two coaching stints with the Jays. The first spanning from 2004 to 2008 and the second spanning from 2013 to 2018. During his 11 years as the Blue Jays manager, he compiled a 793-789 record. Gibbons lead Toronto to the postseason twice going 10-10 in playoff games.
Montoyo, 53, managed in the Rays minor league system for 18 years. More than half of those years were spent managing the AAA Durham Bulls where he won two International League titles in 8 years.
Charlie Montoyo has been affiliated with the Rays organization ever since his playing career ended and he maintains a strong reputation throughout the organization. Born in Puerto Rico, Gibbons gives the Blue Jays a bilingual manager as well.
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What do the recent hirings mean for the Rays? Well, it means that Kevin Cash will have to find a new field coordinator and bench coach to help him lead his Rays in 2019. Montoyo and Baldelli were considered integral pieces of the coaching staff and now Cash will have to begin a search of his own.
Congratulations Charlie, this has been a long journey that finally culminates with Major League head coaching job. I wish you all the success in the world as long as it doesn’t come against the Rays.