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Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo to manage the Blue Jays

Kevin Cash loses a second member of his staff to another organization’s managerial opening.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo has been selected as the next manager of the rival Toronto Blue Jays.

Montoyo is the second member of Kevin Cash’s staff to be named as manager for a major league team in 2019, and not much unlike Rocco Baldelli — who was introduced as the Twins Manger yesterday — Montoyo also served as a base coach on Kevin Cash’s inaugural staff before moving into the dugout for 2018.

When you mention Charlie Montoyo, the first word that comes to mind is “beloved.” It seems like anyone who has played with, for, or coached alongside Montoyo admires the man and considers him a friend.

Montoyo managed across 18 seasons in the Rays system, most notably with the Durham Bulls, before joining the major league side. A former draft pick of the Brewers, Montoyo only saw action with the 1993 Montreal Expos on a cup of coffee.

The Blue Jays were one of many teams interested in Montoyo this offseason, a testament to Kevin Cash’s staff and the Rays organization.

Congratulations, Charlie!

Re-live Montoyo’s journey to the Rays bench here, in this story from 2015: