Montoyo was fired after leading the Blue Jays to a 236-236 record over his managerial tenure.
John Schneider, the team’s bench coach, will be filling the managerial role in an interim capacity.
As of now, the tone seems to have suddenly changed within the Blue Jays organization, as one of the team’s insiders, Ben Nicholson-Smith notes on Twitter.
Nicholson-Smith cites that the timing for the managerial change is a little awkward with the draft and the trade deadline approaching, especially given that they just extended him in the spring and put their faith in him to be the long-term leader of the team.
Remember: #BlueJays extended Charlie Montoyo this spring. As of a few months ago, the front office spoke about him as the long-term leader of this team
Also: draft & trade deadline are approaching. Not an ideal time for a major organizational shift
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 13, 2022
The timing really is weird here.
When they extended him, they thought of him as the guy that was going to lead this team for years to come.
Sure, they’ve been on a bit of a rough stretch lately, but they have still remained in playoff position.
As of now, they’re tied with the Seattle Mariners for the third AL Wild Card spot.
This is a good team, but it’s interesting that after they seemingly put their faith in Montoyo and extended him, they’ve decided to let him go with the draft and the trade deadline approaching fast.
The draft will take place this weekend while the trade deadline will take place on August 2.
Who knows why the Blue Jays felt like they needed to make a change?
Clearly, they prefer Schneider’s approach to Montoyo’s.
We’ll see what kind of effects this will have on the Blue Jays organization as a whole.