5- Montoyo survives the season, isn’t renewed
I said I was going to keep things mostly positive, and here I go again getting away from that a bit. However, I’m not predicting all bad things here, at least not for the team in general.
I’ve already predicted that I think the Blue Jays are going to win the AL East next season, but that doesn’t mean that I think they’ll win the World Series in 2022. Don’t get me wrong, I’m hopeful that they can go on a postseason run and bring championship glory north of the border, but I think that’s one more year away. Regardless, I see 2022 as an extremely important year for the franchise, and for the core of this team that will be in place for several more seasons.
And while I feel like the core of the roster has been established, I still have questions about the captain of the ship.
Like many Blue Jays fans, I can’t help but like Montoyo as a person. He’s a very likeable personality, and it’s clear that the clubhouse also appreciates his veteran voice and the way he handles his business. That said, and maybe I’m wrong here, but I truly question if he’s the right guy for the job to take them over the finish line.
Maybe it’s because I grew up watching gruff veterans like Cito Gaston, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox managing their teams in the World Series, or because I’ve slowly been buying in to the modern analytics that have come with some of the younger skippers in the game, but something feels like it’s missing. I could be eating my words in a year or two, but I feel like Montoyo is just lacking that “it” factor that makes for a winning MLB manager. I know a skipper is only as good as their players, but they are also tasked with getting the best out of the roster as well.
This may be the most bold of my predictions, and one that will take the longest to play out, but I’ll stick with it anyway. I believe that Montoyo will survive the season as the Blue Jays skipper and even guide them to a division crown, but that he’ll end up replaced after the season anyway. For the moment he’s set up to work on a “lame duck” contract in 2022, and I have a feeling it’ll be his last in a Blue Jays uniform.
What do you think Blue Jays fans, do you agree with my predictions this time around, or do you think I’ll be eating my words in a year? Let me know in the comments, and let’s be honest, I doubt I’ll ever do as well with these as I did last year. My Dad’s other favourite was, “even a broken clock is right twice a day”.