Former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons shakes hands with ex-Tampa Bay Rays coach Charlie Montoyo in a 2015 game. Montoyo managed the triple-A Durham Bulls from 2007-14 before joining the Tampa Bay Rays as third base coach in 2015. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth round back in 1987.
His lone big-league experience as a player came in 1993 with the Expos when he appeared in four games. That likely made it all the more imperative for GM Ross Atkins and president Mark Shapiro to hand-pick a leader to develop a unified vision for the organization's culture and direction moving forward.
A native of Manati, Puerto Rico, Montoyo speaks both English and Spanish, which should help communication with a pair of Latin American prospects - Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Lourdes Gurriel Jr - who are expected to break into Major League Baseball soon.
"Anyone who has managed at the triple-A level, anyone who has worked at that level, has moments when he thinks, 'I wonder how I would do up in the big leagues, '" he told Feinstein, who featured Montoyo prominently in his book about the minors, Where Nobody Knows Your Name.
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Montoyo will certainly be in sharp contrast to the lovable, old-school style of Gibbons, which Jay fans will begin to see when the new manager is unveiled at a news conference in Toronto on Monday. "Those are the overarching themes as I think about what it means to lead an environment in here to sustain championship-level expectations..."
"I am extremely honoured and humbled to join the Toronto Blue Jays organization", Montoyo said in a statement. "His collaborative nature and leadership ability will undoubtedly have a broad impact across the club".
Days after the disappointing 2018 season ended, Atkins hinted he was impressed with the way the Rays and Astros teams were run, with a progressive blend of analytical data and old-school instinct.
Montoyo compiled a 1,266-1,142 (.526) minor-league managerial record.