Whether to Make John Schneider the Permanent Manager
After posting a 46-42 record and coming off a west coast road trip that did not produce results, the Blue Jays brass decided to fire manager Charlie Montoyo and replace him internally with John Schneider, who has been with the organization for over ten years working his way up through the Minor League ladder. The move was made for the interim, meaning he wasn’t guaranteed to be the manager past this season.
Schneider posted the same amount of wins as Montoyo but in fewer games (74 vs. 88) and the move was initially met with positive reviews from the fans. Schneider does have a winning track record when managing at the MiLB level and also managed numerous members of the Jays when they were still in Single-A and AA like Guerrero, Bichette, and Cavan Biggio.
One of the things that seemed to lack with Montoyo was accountability and Schneider made sure to hold the Jays players accountable for their actions, most notably with Guerrero Jr. and his baserunning miscue late in September. He may have made a few questionable calls in this Wild Card series (bringing in Tim Mayza to flip Carlos Santana is one of them in my opinion) but ultimately, he was more aggressive on the base paths and wasn’t afraid to move players down in the batting order when needed.
Interim manager John Schneider also looking for a contract
Ultimately, Schneider is heading into this offseason also looking for a contract and has apparently gained favour with the players, which is a huge vote of confidence for a manager looking for a full-time role.
One of them is Matt Chapman, with the veteran third baseman hoping the front office brings him back, “Of course I want him to come back. I love Schneids, I think he was great for this team. He understands the pulse of this team and how the guys operate. I have a great relationship with him”.
We shall wait and see this offseason but if I were a betting man, I would think the Jays’ front office is drafting a contract for the former interim skipper in the very near future.