Charlie Montoyo dismissed by Blue Jays

TORONTO – Charlie Montoyo’s tenure with the Blue Jays has reached its end amid a tough July stretch.

Montoyo was relieved of his duties as Blue Jays manager, the team announced on Wednesday, and bench coach John Schneider was named the interim manager. Triple-A Buffalo skipper Casey Candaele has been appointed as the interim bench coach.

After a good start to the year, Toronto has mustered just three wins in July, fresh off a 1-7 road trip that included a four-game sweep by the Mariners. Montoyo’s departure comes after a 4-3 win over the Phillies at Rogers Center on Tuesday.

The postseason-hopeful Blue Jays are 46-42, occupying the newly created third Wild Card spot in the American League and fourth place in the AL East.

Previously the bench coach in Tampa Bay, Montoyo was named Toronto’s manager in October 2018, just as the Blue Jays geared up to start a retooling process that saw stars such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette reach the big leagues and usher in a new era for the organization. The 56-year-old Puerto Rico native led the Blue Jays to an AL Wild Card Series in the shortened 2020 season, when his team fell to the Rays.

The Blue Jays fell just one game short of the postseason last year, finishing with a 91-71 record, while splitting their home games between Dunedin, Fla., Buffalo, NY, and Toronto due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Canada’s travel rules .

Montoyo signed an extension that ran through the 2023 season one week before Opening Day. He ends his tenure with the Blue Jays at an even 236-236 record.

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