Toronto Blue Jays fire their manager ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Phillies
The move caught a lot of people by surprise, with the Blue Jays sitting at 46-42 on the season, the same record as the Phils. It seems as though Jays GM Ross Atkins is ready to kick it into high gear with a talented Blue Jays team, something they haven’t been able to do this year after big expectations coming into the 2022 season. Toronto has struggled as of late, winning just two out of their last 10 games.
There are some rumors speculating that last night’s game, specifically one play, could’ve been the final straw of Montoyo’s tenure. Matt Vierling struck out in the bottom of the 4th on a ball into the dirt and ran to first base to try and tried to beat the drop third strike throw. He did not beat it out, but he was called safe, as Vlad Guerrero Jr’s foot was off the bag.
Vlad Guerrero, the face of the Blue Jays, signaled to the Blue Jays pitching staff to not challenge the play, but they did anyway, and Guerrero was visibly upset with their decision to override what he told them. Some say the players weren’t buying into Montoyo’s ideas this season, and after a 236-236 career record over four years with the Jays, they have now parted ways.
Side Note: The Phillies have now been involved in three managerial firings this year, being linked to Joe Girardi, John Madden, and now Charlie Montoyo.
The Phils look for the series split tonight, with Zack Wheeler on the mound at 7:07 EST. Bench coach John Schneider has been promoted to interim manager for the time being.
Mandatory Credit: NY Post