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Thursday Bantering: Happy Birthday Pedro Borbon

There really isn’t all that much for Blue Jays news. And there isn’t much in “Jays History” today. There is a birthday, Pedro Borbon turns 51 today. I don’t have much to say about Borbon, other than to complain about the stupid trade that brought him to us. The Jays had hired former manager Cito Gaston to be hitting coach and Shawn Green had bad memories of him as manager. Cito wanted Green to pull the ball, Shawn liked using the whole field and their relationship was not good. Green has a short autobiography that tells some stories about it. So Green asked for a trade. I...

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Blue Jays hoping Montoyo makes the difference for Teoscar Hernandez

Charlie Montoyo was hired as the next Blue Jay manager for many different reasons, including the hope that he can help Teoscar Hernandez reach his potential. It’s amazing how much things can change in a year, and that’s especially true for the Toronto Blue Jays. This time last year we were debating whether a few […] Blue Jays hoping Montoyo makes the difference for Teoscar Hernandez - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

J.P. Ricciardi and the Mets part ways

Ricciardi had been with the organization for eight years. Today, the Mets announced that Special Assistant to the General Manager J.P. Ricciardi will be leaving the front office effective immediately—a mutual decision between the two parties. Ricciardi served as the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001 until 2009 and joined the Mets organization in 2010. “I want to express my gratitude to Fred and Jeff for giving me the opportunity to spend the last eight years in New York,” Ricciardi said in a statement. He also gave thanks to Sandy Alderson, calling him “a great...

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Astros’ hitting coach Hudgens departs in staff shake-up

The Astros’ hitting coach Dave Hudgens is moving up the ladder with another team, along with two other coaches. Following four years as the hitting coach for the Astros, Dave Hudgens leaves for Toronto to  serve as the bench coach under the Blue Jays’ new manager Charlie Montoyo. He will be replacing DeMarlo Hale, who […] Astros’ hitting coach Hudgens departs in staff shake-up - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Yankees 2018 Roster Report Card: J.A. Happ

Happ was a godsend for the Yankees after they acquired him at the end of July. J.A. Happ was widely believed to be the best starting pitcher among those known to be available prior to the non-waiver trade deadline. The Yankees badly needed a rotation upgrade, and General Manager Brian Cashman prioritized acquiring the 35-year-old left-hander. After coming over from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 26th in exchange for infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney, Happ did not disappoint. Although we hoped that he would represent a significant improvement over internal fifth-starter...

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Texas Rangers hire Chris Woodward, per report

Chris Woodward is the new Texas Rangers manager, per reports The Texas Rangers have hired Chris Woodward, the Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach, to be their new manager, per Bob Nightengale on Twitter. Woodward, 42, was a journeyman infielder who spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Toronto Blue Jays. He coached in the Seattle Mariners’ system in 2013-15, and has been on the Dodgers coaching staff since 2016. The Rangers interviewed almost a dozen candidates, but seemed to put their search on hold during the World Series, as rumors swirled that they wanted to wait...

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Blue Jays fire Jacoby and Leiper

We expected some changes in the coaching staff with the new manager, and the changes have started. Hitting coach Brook Jacoby and first base coach Tim Leiper have been fired. Jacoby has been our hitting coach since November 2014. Back then we had one of the best offenses in the league, but, for the last couple of seasons, we’ve been closer to the worst offense in the league. Not that it is Jacoby’s fault, but hitting coaches tend to get the blame when no one is hitting. Jacoby is 58. No word on who might get his job but apparently the search has been on for the past few days. And...

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Blue Jays: Former catcher named Padres bench coach

A former Blue Jays catcher has been named the bench coach of the San Diego Padres after spending some time as the manager of their Triple-A team. According to an official team release, Rod Barajas has been named the San Diego Padres’ bench coach. Jon Heyman of Fancred first noted on Twitter that the Padres […] Blue Jays: Former catcher named Padres bench coach - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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View from the Catwalk: Farewell, Charlie Montoyo

From 1997 to 2018, Montoyo had been a constant influence in the Rays organization Charlie Montoyo was officially named as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference held on Monday afternoon. Montoyo finally got his first major league managerial gig, just over 20 years after managing his first affiliated team when he was hired in 1997 to manage the Princeton Devil Rays. Over the past two decades, Montoyo would steadily rise up the ladder, managing Short-Season, Low-A, High-A, and Double-A. In 2007, he took the helm of the Triple-A Durham Bulls, with whom he enjoyed...

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More on Charlie Montoyo

Montoyo is set to become Toronto’s 13th manager. When the Toronto Blue Jays first announced the hiring of Charlie Montoyo as the team’s new manager, the words that defined him: Experienced. Overwhelmingly positive. Superior ability to connect. Even though the words came from general manager Ross Atkins and president Mark Shapiro, the sentiment was echoed around baseball. “A tremendous choice for the Jays,” Keith Law tweeted. A handful of “baseball people” told Ben Nicholson-that that Montoyo is “a postive person, open-minded, with baseball feel.” That baseball feel? It comes...

MLB.com FastCast: First day of the offseason - 10/29/18

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado headline a strong free agent class, plus the Blue Jays introduce their new manager About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists o

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Blue Jays: Turning the attention to the free agent market

Now that the World Series is over and the Blue Jays have their new manager in place, it’s time for Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro to turn their attention to the free agent market. Since I’d rather do anything than talk about the Boston Red Sox winning a World Series, let’s focus on what the […] Blue Jays: Turning the attention to the free agent market - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blue Jays introduce Charlie Montoyo as new manager

The Blue Jays organization and general manager Ross Atkins introduce Charlie Montoyo as the team's new manager About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of

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Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo and the possibility of the “Opener” in Toronto

With new Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo coming from the Tampa Bay Rays, is there a chance we see the “Opener” in Toronto? The Tampa Bay Rays have always been a forward thinking organization. Because of their low payroll and limited resources, they have no choice but to try new innovations in order to gain […] Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo and the possibility of the “Opener” in Toronto - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Blue Jays: On Charlie Montoyo- Why speaking Spanish mattered

The hiring of Charlie Montoyo as the new Toronto Blue Jays Manager took many people by surprise.  In choosing Montoyo, Atkins and Shapiro were able to check off all the boxes on their shopping list. Charlie Montoyo’s experience (and success) in developing young prospects was well known among the baseball community.  His deep understanding of […] Blue Jays: On Charlie Montoyo- Why speaking Spanish mattered - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman saying all the right things

Marcus Stroman appeared on ET Canada earlier in the week, and talked about his HDMH brand, his charity work, and his excitement to work with new manager, Charlie Montoyo. After a disappointing personal season, it’s easy for professional ball players to avoid the limelight for a while, or even to lose confidence and make excuses. […] Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman saying all the right things - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Texas Rangers: Decision on manager not imminent

While the Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Twins have quickly chosen their next manager, the Texas Rangers don’t seem to be so close to a decision, note recent reports. In a rather shocking turn of events, the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins named new managers within a few hours of each other, […] Texas Rangers: Decision on manager not imminent - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Blue Jays: More details on Charlie Montoyo hiring

Updated numbers, figures, and quotes regarding the Blue Jays’ hiring of Charlie Montoyo, the 13th manager in club history. The Blue Jays hired former Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo as manager Thursday, leading many to speculate on the exact terms of his contract. Shortly after the announcement, several details surfaced regarding the nature […] Blue Jays: More details on Charlie Montoyo hiring - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Toronto Blue Jays: 3 things to know about new manager Charlie Montoyo

Embed from The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to name Charlie Montoyo as the 13th manager in franchise history replacing John Gibbons. It didn’t take Charlie Montoyo long to convince the Toronto Blue Jays front office to hire him as their next manager. A couple of days after he reportedly met with Mark […] Toronto Blue Jays: 3 things to know about new manager Charlie Montoyo - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

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Blue Jays: The pressure is on for Charlie Montoyo and Ross Atkins

While every MLB managerial hire is a significant development, the Blue Jays’ hiring of Charlie Montoyo is the biggest decision of Ross Atkins’ career so far, and there will be a lot of pressure on both men in the next few seasons. The Blue Jays finally announced that Charlie Montoyo would be the 13th manager […] Blue Jays: The pressure is on for Charlie Montoyo and Ross Atkins - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Charlie Montoyo to manage the Blue Jays

Kevin Cash loses a second member of his staff to another organization’s managerial opening. Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo has been selected as the next manager of the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Welcome aboard, Skip! We're excited to name Charlie Montoyo the 13th Manager in #BlueJays history. pic.twitter.com/IM7T1rvEYS— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 25, 2018 Montoyo is the second member of Kevin Cash’s staff to be named as manager for a major league team in 2019, and not much unlike Rocco Baldelli — who was introduced as the Twins Manger yesterday — Montoyo also...

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Friday bantering: Charlie in charge

Choo Choo - all aboard the new manager hype train! So the Blue Jays finally named their new manager... Taking over from John Gibbons will be Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo aka ‘Choo Choo’; all aboard the new manager hype train everyone! Montoyo agreed to a three-year contract with a club option for the 2022 season. Welcome aboard, Skip! We're excited to name Charlie Montoyo the 13th Manager in #BlueJays history. pic.twitter.com/IM7T1rvEYS— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 25, 2018 Montoyo won seven International League South Division titles and two Governors’ Cup...

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What’s next for Kevin Cash and the Rays?

More Quality. Last night, Kevin Cash released the following statement regarding the hiring of Rocco Baldelli as the new Twins manager, and Charlie Montoyo for the same position with the Blue Jays: “Charlie and Rocco are two quality individuals who have served the Rays organization for a long time. They build solid relationships with players, understand how to earn their trust and have impacted many players’ careers for the better. In the four years we spent together, they were both instrumental in helping me on a daily basis. Each one is very deserving of this opportunity, and I wish...

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Blue Jays reportedly name Charlie Montoyo as the new manager

In a somewhat surprising development, the Blue Jays have reportedly named Charlie Montoyo as the next manager, ending the search for a new skipper. According to a breaking news article from Sportnet’s Shi Davidhi, the Blue Jays are set to announce that they’ve hired Charlie Montoyo as the new manager. The front office has been […] Blue Jays reportedly name Charlie Montoyo as the new manager - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Charlie Montoyo to be named new Blue Jays manager

On this rare off day with no World Series game, no Raptors game, and no Maple Leafs game, there was speculation the new Blue Jays’ manager would be announced today. We don’t have an official announcement yet, but it is said to be Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo. The bilingual 53-year-old is from Florida, Puerto Rico and has spent years with the Rays organization in a variety of different roles. #BlueJays to name Charlie Montoyo manager, per source— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) October 25, 2018 I can confirm Charlie Montoyo will be the new Blue Jays manager, @ShiDavidi with the...

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Rays' Charlie Montoyo reportedly hired as Blue Jays manager

Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo will be hired as manager of the Blue Jays, Shi Davidi of SportsNet reported.Montoyo will be the second member of Kevin Cash's coaching staff to leave for a manager's job today, as Rocco Baldelli was hired by the Twins.Montoyo, 53, played

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Blue Jays hire Charlie Montoyo as manager; Cubs coach Brandon Hyde was a candidate

The Toronto Blue Jays have hired Charlie Montoyo as manager. Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde was a candidate for the job. Montoyo, 53, had been with the Tampa Bay Rays since 1998, as a manager in their minor league system.

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View from the Catwalk: Rocco Baldelli a finalist for the Twins manager position

The Rays may be losing a trio of integral members of the team Rays Links Rocco Baldelli’s busy offseason continues as he has now had a second interview with the Minnesota Twins. He is now among the finalists to become their new manager. Charlie Montoyo has also been busy, interviewing now with the Toronto Blue Jays We noted last week that Chaim Bloom interviewed with the New York Mets for their GM position, he is among the finalists to fill that spot. Rays Colored Glasses continued their countdown of the best pitching seasons in franchise history Baseball America unleashed the Rays...

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Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo joins manager sweepstakes

While it seemed as though the Blue Jays were moving towards a decision on who would be their next manager, a new name has entered the race, per an insider. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Charlie Montoyo, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach, interviewed (or will be interviewing) for the Blue Jays manager job Tuesday. […] Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo joins manager sweepstakes - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Blue Jays: Joe Espada seems to be in the driver’s seat for Manager

It’s really hard to believe, but it has already been almost a month that John Gibbons was announced to not be returning to the Toronto Blue Jays as Manager. It’s the first time the Manager job has been open for the Jays since the off-season of 2012-2013 when Gibbons was brought back by Alex Anthopoulos. […] Blue Jays: Joe Espada seems to be in the driver’s seat for Manager - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Who Will Replace Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons? | Starting Lineup

The Starting Lineup crew discuss how they believe the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays manager search is going to go ands what candidates they believe are the best fits. ----------------------------------------------