Toronto Blue Jays fire manager Charlie Montoyo amid recent struggles

TORONTO The Toronto Blue Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday and promoted bench coach John Schneider to interim manager for the remainder of the season.

Triple-A manager Casey Candaele has been named caretaker manager.

Montoyo, the 13th manager in Blue Jays history and the first from Puerto Rico, went 236-236 in splits of four seasons. Toronto beat Philadelphia on Tuesday to go on a four-game losing streak and improve to 46-42 this season, which would put them into the playoffs as a wildcard team when the season ends Wednesday, despite being in the AL East are in fourth place.

The Blue Jays are 3-9 in July. They went 1-6 on a road trip against Oakland, which has the worst record in the majors, and Seattle, which ended in a four-game win over the Mariners on Sunday.

Toronto’s slide began on July 2 when it was swept into a doubleheader against Tampa Bay. Montoyo and first base coach Mark Budzinksi left the dugout during Game 2 after learning of the death of Budzinski’s teenage daughter Julia.

Several members of the Blue Jays organization flew together to Virginia on Monday to attend Julia Budzinski’s funeral.

Montoyo, 56, replaced John Gibbons as manager of the Blue Jays after the end of the 2018 season. Montoyo’s contract was extended to 2023 on April 1.

Montoyo oversaw a turbulent period in Blue Jays history when the team played home games in three cities, including two minor-league parks, last season due to border restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Toronto also played its 2020 home game schedule at its Triple-A Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

Montoyo led Toronto to a 32-28 record and a wildcard playoff spot in the extended playoffs that followed the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but the Blue Jays were swept by eventual AL champion Tampa Bay in the opening round. Toronto went 91-71 in 2021 and missed tying for the AL wildcard by a game.

Before joining the Blue Jays, Montoyo spent six seasons on the Tampa Bay major league coaching staff, including his last three as a bench coach. Prior to that, he spent 18 seasons as a minor league manager in the Rays system and also worked with the Puerto Rican team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Toronto Blue Jays fire manager Charlie Montoyo amid recent struggles

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