TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday and promoted bench coach John Schneider to interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Triple-A manager Casey Candale was named interim bench coach.
Montoyo, the 13th manager in Blue Jays history and the first from Puerto Rico, went 236-236 over four seasons. Toronto beat Philadelphia on Tuesday to snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 46-42 on the season. If the season ends Wednesday, it will go into the playoffs as a wild-card team despite being in fourth place in the American League East. .
The Blue Jays are 3-9 in July. They went 1-6 on the road against Oakland and Seattle, which had the worst record in the majors.
Toronto’s streak began on July 2 with a doubleheader against Tampa Bay. Montoyo and first base coach Mark Budzinski left the dugout during Game 2 after learning of the death of Budzinski’s teenage daughter, Julia.
Several members of the Blue Jays organization traveled together to Virginia on Monday off to attend the funeral of Julia Pudzinski.
Montoyo, 56, replaced John Gibbons as the Blue Jays’ manager after the 2018 season. Montoyo’s contract was extended until April 1, 2023.
Montoyo has overseen a tumultuous period in Blue Jays history, with the team playing at home in three cities, including two minor league parks, last season due to border restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Toronto played its 2020 home schedule at Triple-A Stadium in Buffalo, New York.
Montoyo led Toronto to a 32-28 record and a wild-card berth in the expanded playoffs following the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but the Blue Jays were eliminated in the first round by eventual AL champion Tampa Bay. Toronto went 91-71 in 2021 and fell one game short of tying for the AL wild card.
Prior to joining the Blue Jays, Montoyo spent six seasons on the Tampa Bay Major League coaching staff, the last three as a bench coach. Before that, he spent 18 seasons as a minor league manager in the Rays organization and worked with the Puerto Rican team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
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