TORONTO ( Associated Press) – The Toronto Blue Jays fired head coach Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday after a rough patch in July and named bench coach John Schneider as interim head coach for the rest of the season.
Triple-A branch manager Casey Candaele has been named interim head coach at the bank.
As the 13th coach in Blue Jays history and Puerto Rico’s first, Montoyo compiled a 236-236 record over four seasons.
Toronto beat Philadelphia on Tuesday to break a four-game losing streak to go 46-42 this season, which would put them in the playoffs with a wild card if the season ended on Wednesday despite being fourth. place in the division.
The Blue Jays are 3-9 in July. They won just one of seven away games against Oakland, the team with the worst record in major leagues, and Seattle. The trip ended Sunday with a four-game sweep of the Mariners.
Toronto’s losing streak began on July 2, when they were swept by Tampa Bay in a double match. Montoyo and first base coach Mark Budzinksi left the bench during Game 2 after learning of the death of Budzinski’s teenage daughter Julia.
Several members of the Blue Jays organization traveled to Virginia on a day off on Monday to attend Julia Budzinski’s funeral.
Montoyo, 57, replaced John Gibbons as manager of the Blue Jays at the end of the 2018 season. Only in April did the Blue Jays extend Montoyo’s contract through the 2023 season.
The Puerto Rican was at the forefront during a tumultuous phase. The team had to play its home games in three different cities last season, including two minor league stadiums, due to Canadian government border restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Toronto also had to play some of its 2020 home schedule at its affiliated Triple-A stadium in Buffalo, New York.
Montoyo led Toronto to a 32-28 record, qualifying for the playoffs as wild cards thanks to a wider postseason format after a season shortened by the pandemic. But the Blue Jays were swept by the eventual AL champion Tampa Bay in the first round. Toronto went 91-71 in 2021 and was one game away from tying a wild card.
Prior to joining the Blue Jays, Montoyo served six seasons as a head coach with the Tampa Bay organization, the last three as a bench coach. Prior to that, he amassed 18 seasons as a minor league manager in the Rays structure and worked with the Puerto Rico team at the 2019 World Classic.