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Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo needs to hold players accountable

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Manager Charlie Montoyo #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays drinks a Tim Hortons coffee in the dugout shortly before the start of MLB game action against the San Francisco Giants Rogers Centre on April 23, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Manager Charlie Montoyo #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays drinks a Tim Hortons coffee in the dugout shortly before the start of MLB game action against the San Francisco Giants Rogers Centre on April 23, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Can someone please light a fire under Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo?

When the Blue Jays hired first-time MLB manager Charlie Montoyo, his apparent strength was his ability to develop young players and produce fundamentally strong teams. However, as well as the Blue Jays are doing in the standings, they are anything but a fundamentally sound team.

The team continually has inexcusable lapses on the base paths and on defence but I have yet to see Montoyo hold anyone accountable for their actions. Further to that, it would be nice to have a skipper who has a heart rate that can get over 60 beats per minute.

Even in his press conferences following a loss, Montoyo is ho-hum, we played a good game but just didn’t come out on the winning end of it. This team is lulling itself into a “Groundhog Day” of repeated miscues while the skipper sits and watches it crash and burn.

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This on-field product will not bode well in the postseason, so prepare yourself for the Blue Jays to make an early departure if they can even manage to keep it together for the month of September.

Montoyo needs to hold his players accountable and fire up his bunch with the odd ejection once in a while. The same players continue to make repeated mental lapses day in and day out that is proving costly and affecting the outcome of games.

The rookie manager needs to realize, you can’t always be everyone’s best friend and sometimes the sport calls for tough love. This is definitely the time for some tough love.

I was a big John Gibbons supporter during his tenure but was also open to the hiring of Montoyo, however, it is evident that Montoyo does not have the same strengths managing personalities and holding players accountable.

Montoyo needs to fire this team up and hold every single player accountable for their actions on the field, repeated lapses and base running mistakes should result in some time on the bench.

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A wise man once said, “This isn’t the try league, this is the get it done league.” and Montoyo needs to start managing that way.

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