After a disastrous road trip and a difficult start to July, the Blue Jays have decided to part ways with manager Charlie Montoyo at the midway point of the season.
The Jays confirmed Monday that Montoyo had been relieved of his duties in his fourth season as Toronto’s clubhouse leader. Bench coach John Schneider has been named interim manager for the rest of the season.
The decision took some by surprise, especially considering the Jays still have an above .500 record. But after going 2-8 in their last 10 games and rumblings of clubhouse discontent among players, the front office decided it was best to move on from Montoyo. It’s the first time the team let a manager go partway through a season since 2008, when they fired John Gibbons.
Montoyo took over from Gibbons — after his second stint as manager — in 2018 and led the Jays to their first playoff berth in four years in the 2020 AL Wild Card Series. He was also nominated for manager of the year following that shortened 2020 season.
Here’s what people are saying about the decision:
With files from Mike Wilner and Justin Smirlies.
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