Blue Jays Fire Manager Charlie Montoyo – NBC Chicago

Charlie Montoyo, Blue Jays fire chief originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Toronto Blue Jays fired coach Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday.

“The Toronto Blue Jays today relieved Charlie Montoyo of his managerial duties,” the team said in a statement.

Bench coach John Schneider will serve as interim manager until the end of the 2022 season, the team said. Casey Candaele has been appointed as the club’s interim bench coach.

The move comes nearly three months after Montoyo agreed to a one-year extension through the end of the 2023 MLB season.

Montoyo is the third manager to be fired in 2022 after Joe Girardi in Philadelphia and Joe Maddon in Los Angeles.

The Blue Jays were the preseason favorites to win the AL East, according to our partners at PointBet. Toronto had the shortest odds at +175, with the Yankees (+195) and Rays (+320) offering bigger gains.

The spring hype didn’t last long as the Jays, who currently sit fourth in the division, are only two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. The division-leading Yankees are heavy favorites at -5,000 to win the AL East crown, according to PointsBet.

Despite the disappointment to start the 2022 campaign, Toronto (46-42) is tied for sixth with Seattle for the final American League playoff spot as of Wednesday, July 13.

Lance B. Holton