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Report: Blue Jays to name Charlie Montoyo as new manager

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are expected to name Charlie Montoyo the new manager. Previous manager John Gibbons was let go near the end of the regular season.

Montoyo, 53, is quite a relatively experienced hire, particularly when compared to the current era in which teams are hiring managers with very little prior experience. Montoyo managed the Durham Bulls for eight years, then served as the Rays’ third base and bench coach since 2015.

The Blue Jays went to the ALCS in back-to-back years in 2015-16, but won only 76 and 73 games in the last two seasons. The hope is that Montoyo is able to help spur a turnaround after a rebuilding effort.

New Reds manager David Bell, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, and Astros bench coach Joe Espada were finalists for the Jays’ open manager position before they ultimately decided on Montoya.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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