CHARLIE JOSE CARLOS MONTOYO
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Nickname:   CHARLIE Position:   MANAGER
Home: N/A Team:   BLUE JAYS
Height: 5' 10" Bats:   R
Weight: 165 Throws:   R
DOB: 10/17/1965 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Florida, P.R.
Draft: Brewers #6 - 1987 - Out of Louisiana Tech Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
1987 PIO HELENA   13 76 21 27 7 0 3 14 7   12 3     .355
1987 MWL BELOIT   55 182 23 48 10 1 2 25 6   52 22     .264
1988 CAL STOCKTON   134 458 104 117 14 1 3 61 17   156 96     .255
1989 CAL STOCKTON   129 448 69 111 22 2 0 48 13   102 40     .248
1990 TL EL PASO     322 71 93 13 3 3 44 9   72 43     .289
1991 AA DENVER     394 68 94 13 1 12 45 15   69 51     .239
1992 AA DENVER     259 40 84 7 4 2 34 3   47 36     .324
1993 IL OTTAWA   99 319 43 89 18 2 1 43 0   71 37     .279
1993 NL EXPOS $109.00 4 5 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .400 .600 .400
1994 IL SCRANTON   114 387 64 109 28 0 9 47 3   74 61     .282
1995 IL SCRANTON   92 288 32 70 13 1 3 34 2   50 45     .243
1996 IL OTTAWA     57 10 20 5 1 0 5 0   7 6     .351
1996 EL HARRISBURG     183 21 41 3 1 0 18 1   32 23      
Personal
  • June 19, 1990: Charlie was married at home plate in El Paso, in a ceremony before the game.
  • 1994: The Phillies acquired Montoyo near the end of spring training in a cash transaction with the Expos.
  • In 1994, Montoyo was second in the International League with a .403 on-base percentage.

    SON'S HEALTH CHALLENGES

  • On October 17, 2007, Charlie's second child, Alexander, was born, on his father's 43rd birthday. (He joined Tyson, Charlie and Samantha's first-born son.) Alex spent 30 minutes with his parents before a few routine showed Ebstein's anomaly, a scientific way of saying his heart was practically useless. He had only one functioning chamber in his heart, so blood was not being pumped in the proper quantity or direction.

    Before midnight of his first day of life, doctors decided Alex needed to be airlifted to a children's hospital in Phoenix. So, 11 hours after giving birth, Samantha Montoyo, 33, insisted she be discharged so she could get in a car with Charlie and begin their drive into a nightmare.

    What the Montoyos did not know as they rode through the desert toward Phoenix was that Alex already was proving to be stronger than reason. It wasn't until weeks later, when Samantha was sneaking a peek at her son's charts, that she discovered a note written by a cardiologist in Tucson that was given to the transport crew in the helicopter. It said Alex was not expected to survive the trip.

    Within hours of his arrival in Phoenix, Alex had a balloon inserted in his heart. Not long after that, doctors cut open his chest, split his ribs, and inserted a shunt in his heart to redirect blood flow.

    The shunt? It was about one-eighth of an inch.

    They tried removing his ventilator but had to replace it a short time later. Soon, they began to worry that surgery would not be enough. That, eventually, a heart transplant would be necessary. And if they didn't move on it quickly, Alex would be susceptible to infections. That his other organs might fail, and that would rule out any transplant options.

    So they flew him to the UCLA Medical Center, one of the leading transplant facilities in the nation. Once there, the Montoyos were told that a transplant is not the best option, but rather a last option.

    Transplants are far from a perfect cure. Recipients are forever taking large doses of medication, and even successful transplants need to be repeated every 10 years or so. A further complication for children is that they can not be immunized, so even routine illnesses can become lethal.

    And for a baby as young as Alex, available hearts are rare. UCLA performs about two dozen pediatric heart transplants a year, but only two or three on infants.

    As of Christmas 2009, young Alex as still not able to swallow food because his throat was sore for such a long time from having a feeding tube down his throat. But he was undergoing exercises to learn how to swallow.

  • Alex underwent his fourth open-heart surgery in Los Angeles on April 15, 2013, at 5 years of age. The mild-mannered Montoyo said that dealing with Alex’s condition may have helped him professionally.

    “It makes me a better coach, I think, because I can stay even-keeled more,” Montoyo said. “It makes it easier to lose a game — no one’s going to die.

  • In December 2007, the Montgomery Biscuits raised $12,756 for the Alexander Montoyo Fund, going to help the infant son of the former manager of the Biscuits. More than 60 people, including minor league players and Major League players, donated a total of $7,756. And Biscuits owners Tom Dickson and Sherrie Myers matched the first $5,000 raised.

  • In June 2009, little Alex underwent another heart surgery, his third. So Charlie left the team for a few weeks to help care for the infant and it's mom.

  • In 2016, during a Rays' off day, Charlie was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. Montoyo traveled to Durham, N.C., where he was inducted along with Hensley Meulens prior to the Bulls' game at Durham Athletic Park.  

    "When they called to tell me the news, my first thought was that I was going to have the chance to go back to Durham and thank everybody, all the great people and the fans and everyone," Montoyo said. "That's what I'm excited about, thanking people."

    Montoyo managed the Bulls from 2007-2014, winning a franchise-record 663 games and two Governors' Cup titles. (Chastain - MLB.com - 5/18/16)

Batting
            PLAYING CAREER NOTES
  • Charlie had a good eye at the plate. In 1993, he finished third in the International League in walks and was fourth in on-base percentage (.411). 
  • He could play all four infield positions and the outfield.
  • He played for 10 years as an infielder in the Brewers, Expos and Phillies organizations. Six of those years were spent in Triple-A.
  • Montoya part of just one season in the Majors. That was four games and five at-bats with the Expos in September 1993. He had a game-winning double in his first at-bat in the Majors and one other hit, a single, for a .400 lifetime batting average
Fielding
MANAGERIAL/COACHING TRAITS
 
  • Charlie is an outstanding worker. And he expects his players to work hard, too.
  • The Devil Rays have a program to honor a player development man of the year. And Montoyo was the first winner, named in the winter before 2007 spring training.

    "Charlie has been involved with the development of so many of our key players at nearly every level of our organization," General Manager Andrew Friedman said. "His loyalty and dedication to the Devil Rays over the past decade have been exemplary, and his unstinting work ethic and positive attitude have inspired everyone around him."

  • Montoyo knows how to handle each player as an individual.
  • Charlie does a great job with his roster, using his players a lot.

    "He's great at just keeping everybody fresh,” said reliever Brandon Gomes, also a three-season alum. “Nobody gets worn out, nobody sits on the bench for more than a day or two. The way he handles the personnel and that he’s such an easygoing guy, he just does a great job down there overall.”

Running

            POST-PLAYING CAREER POSITIONS

  • 1997:, Montoyo joined the Devil Rays as Manager for Princeton (APPY).

  • 1998: He was a coach for Durham (IL-Rays) until June, when he became the manager for Hudson Valley (NYP-Rays).

  • 1999-2000L Charlie became manager of Charleston, SC (SAL-Rays).

  • 2001-2002: He was manager at Bakersfield (CAL-Rays).

  • 2003: Montoyo moved up to the Orlando Rays (SL-D'Rays) as manager.

  • 2004-2006: Charlie was manager for Montgomery (SL-Rays).

  • 2007-2014: Montoyo moved up and managed the Durham Bulls (IL-Rays) for eight seasons.

  • In 2009, Charlie was named the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year after guiding the Bulls to the Governors Cup and Triple-A Championship titles.

  • In 2009, Montoyo also received the Coolbaugh Award, which Minor League Baseball presents annually to an individual who has shown an outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game, and skill in mentoring young players on the field.

  • In 2013, Charlie was named the International League Manager of the Year for the second time.

  • 2015: Montoyo was promoted to the big league team as Third Base Coach for the Rays.

  • October 25, 2018: Charlie was named manager of the Blue Jays.