Blue Jays fire Charlie Montoyo, name John Schneider as interim manager


For the first time in more than a decade, the Blue Jays have fired their manager in the middle of a season.

As first reported by Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, Charlie Montoyo has been let go, midway through his fourth season at the helm of the Jays.

The Jays confirmed the move later in the day. Bench coach John Schneider has been named interim manager for the rest of the season.

Expected to be one of the best teams in the American League this season, the Jays currently sit at 46-42, half a game ahead of the Seattle Mariners for the final wild card spot, and a game and a half behind the Tampa Bay Rays, who hold the first wild card.

Montoyo took over for John Gibbons — the last Jays manager fired mid-season, in June of 2008, before coming back to manage the team again from 2013-18 — to begin the 2019 season, and the Jays were 236-236 over his three and a half seasons.

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Jays manager Charlie Montoyo has reportedly been fired by the team.
Mike Wilner is a Toronto-based baseball columnist for the Star and host of the baseball podcast “Deep Left Field.” Follow him on Twitter: @wilnerness

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