For the 2019 season, Charlie Montoyo has taken over as manager, replacing John Gibbons. Cito Gaston has the most games managed and victories of any Blue Jays manager, with 1,731 games managed and 894 wins.
Who is Blue Jays Head Coach?
José Carlos Montoyo Daz is the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball second baseman.
Montoyo was among the finalists for the Rays’ 2015 vacant management position after eight seasons as manager of the minor league Durham Bulls, the Triple-A club of the Tampa Bay Rays (2007–2014).
He was eventually appointed as the team’s third base coach. He became the Rays’ bench coach after the 2017 season.
The Toronto Blue Jays hired Montoyo as their new manager on October 25, 2018, replacing John Gibbons.
Montoyo was a right-handed pitcher and batter. He was 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds during his playing days (77 kg).
During the 1993 season, Montoyo participated in four games for the Montreal Expos as a second baseman and pinch hitter.
Montoyo was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth round of the 1987 amateur draft after playing college baseball at Louisiana Tech University and then traded to Montreal on January 20, 1993.
In September of that year, during his brief MLB career, he singled in his first big-league at bat against Gary Wayne of the Colorado Rockies.
In five at-bats, Montoyo had two hits and three runs batted in (RBI).
Montoyo retired at the end of the 1996 season after playing in 1,028 minor league games. He had a batting average of ten years in the minors. 266 hits, 38 home runs, and 400 runs batted in.
Charlie Montoyo as a Manager
Montoyo began his career in 1997 as manager of Princeton’s Rookie-level Devil Rays, just a year before Tampa Bay became a major league franchise.
Following his success at Princeton in 1997, Montoyo took over the Hudson Valley Renegades in 1998, when he led them to the Short Season-A division championship.
He led the Charleston RiverDogs to their first winning season in 1999–2000 as their manager. In 2001–2002, he flew the Bakersfield Blaze in the California League’s High Class A division.
Afterward, he managed the Double-A teams of Tampa Bay, the Orlando Rays (2003), and the Montgomery Biscuits (2004–2006), winning the Southern League championship in 2006.
In 2007, Montoyo was named manager of the Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay’s best development team.
In his first seven years as coach, Durham only had one losing season and five seasons with 80 or more wins or more victories or more victories or more wins than losses.
The Bulls’ 92 victories in 2010 were a Triple-A record for the team. In both 2009 and 2013, they won the International League Governors’ Cup, which symbolizes the league’s championship.
His minor-league coaching record as of 2015 was 1,341–1,211. (.525).
In 2009, Montoyo served as the head coach of Puerto Rico’s squad in the World Baseball Classic. For the 2010 and 2011 All-Star Futures Game, he served as a coach for the World Team.
Montoyo was hired as the Toronto Blue Jays’ manager for the 2019 season on October 25, 2018.
He signed a three-year deal with the club, with a fourth-year option. He finished his debut season with a 67-win and 95-loss record.