The Toronto Blue Jays announced longtime Tampa Bay Rays coach Charlie Montoyo as their new manager Thursday.
Montoyo spent 18 seasons (1997-2014) managing Rays’ minor-league teams, though never the Bowling Green Hot Rods. He joined Tampa Bay’s major-league coaching staff in 2015, serving as third-base coach for three seasons before becoming bench coach for the 2018 campaign.
The former infielder played 10 seasons in the minor leagues, from 1987 to 1996. He spent part of his first pro season in the Midwest League, batting .266 with 16 extra-base hits, 19 runs batted in, 46 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 55 games with the Beloit Brewers. He appeared in four games in the major leagues, for the 1993 Montreal Expos.
Montoyo’s contract with the Blue Jays is for three years, with a club option for the 2022 season.