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.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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