Charlie Montoyo took a couple months off after being let go by the Toronto Blue Jays this past July, but the former manager appears to be ready to join another Major League club, as Darryl Van Schouwen from the Chicago Sun Times confirmed through an unnamed source that the White Sox would be hiring Montoyo to be the club’s bench coach for the upcoming 2023 season.
Montoyo had been previously hired by Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins for the 2019 season, which was during the rebuild in Toronto. Under Montoyo the team would have a .414 winning percentage that season, the following year the Puerto Rican born manager would have the challenge of managing through the COVID shortened season, and then a 2021 campaign that saw the club split home games between Dunedin, Buffalo and Toronto.
In 2022 the club was expected to compete for the AL East Division pennant, however, after starting the season 46-42 through 88 contests and trailing the New York Yankees by 15.5 games Montoyo was fired. He was replaced by his own bench coach John Schneider and under his leadership the club won the same amount of games in 14 less contests.
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Former Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo is stepping back into a role that he found success in as he looks to take a bench coach position in Chicago for the White Sox.
During his three and a half seasons between 2019 and 2022, Montoyo finished with an even 236-236 record and made the playoffs in 2020, however, the Jays were swept in two games against the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card Series.
Montoyo has previous history as a bench coach as he served in that position with the Rays for the seasons from 2016 to 2018 under Kevin Cash’s coaching staff. Montoyo had a ten-year minor league baseball career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos, and Philadelphia Phillies organizations as a second baseman. He got into four MLB games as a September call-up in 1993 for the Expos where he combined to go 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Montoyo retired from baseball after the 1996 season and joined the Tampa Bay organization in a minor league coaching role until he ascended to the big league team in 2016.
I never liked Montoyo in the manager’s role on the Blue Jays, however, I often said that I felt he was better suited to be a bench coach. I believe that the White Sox have made a good choice bringing Montoyo into that role in the organization.