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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Farewell, Charlie Montoyo

From 1997 to 2018, Montoyo had been a constant influence in the Rays organization

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Charlie Montoyo was officially named as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference held on Monday afternoon.

Montoyo finally got his first major league managerial gig, just over 20 years after managing his first affiliated team when he was hired in 1997 to manage the Princeton Devil Rays. Over the past two decades, Montoyo would steadily rise up the ladder, managing Short-Season, Low-A, High-A, and Double-A. In 2007, he took the helm of the Triple-A Durham Bulls, with whom he enjoyed immense success, becoming the team’s all-time winningest manager.

For the 2015 season, Montoyo was promoted to the major league staff to take over as the third base coach. He served in the position through the 2017 season, until he then received another promotion, this time being named as the Tampa Bay Rays new bench coach.

Following the completion of the Rays astonishing 2018 campaign, Montoyo interviewed for several open managerial positions that had become vacant following the completion of the regular season. The Toronto Blue Jays would be the first ones to hire Charlie Montoyo, connecting the former Expo and friend of the Guerro family with Canada’s remaining franchise.

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