LAS VEGAS – When Charlie Montoy first got the chance to train a third base for Tampa Bay Ray, someone asked him if he was ready for the challenge to tackle this responsibility at the top level.
His answer, as a veteran of countless second league matches: "Yes, I've been practicing for 18 years now".
Toronto Blue Jersey Manager, Montoo is facing such questions as he prepares for his first managerial concert in the big leagues. His answer remains constant.
"It's kind of like that feeling," he said while turning to the media at winter meetings on Tuesday.
"So you do not feel like you're a rookie?" Laughing, Montoi dismissed the question. "No no no."
For decades in his professional baseball career, 53-year-old Montjoie sounds confident he is still ready for his biggest challenge: to cope with the rebuilding of the Blue Jays team, which left the season with 89 losses. Montoi arrives in Toronto, a highly respected baseball industry. Some of his longtime friends have gone out of their way to sing praise at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Still, Montjuïo will face many challenges during his first season of Blue Jays, and his answers from Tuesday will give an idea of how he will get closer to them.
Whenever the theme of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. comes with staff from other clubs, they do not hesitate to cheer for his ability. Understandably, Blue Jays are generally more reserved than their public statements about the best outlook of the game, but Montoyo is clearly excited to see Guerrero Jr. every day.
"As soon as he gets here, he can be one of the best players in baseball," he said. "It's exciting because I'm at the three-time level for eight years, I know that sometimes (the success of the little league) does not translate to the big leagues, but what they say about it will translate and be one of the best- the best players. "
Of course, Blue Jays will almost certainly delay the debut of Guerrero Jr. until mid-April or later to make sure they control their rights for seven seasons rather than six. To determine the exact date of this call, Montoyo will liaise with the coaching staff of the Triple A Buffalo.
"If Vladi does not make the club and he's in a triple-A, I'll talk to (the staff) all the time," said Montjo. "They will have a good feeling when this kid is ready to be in big leagues."
At the tactical level, Blue Jays are considering various new approaches within Montoyo. Depending on the composition of their staff, they could use the opening strategy first performed in 2018 rays, perhaps with a mitigating tool like Ryan Thepera or Tim Maya. Mr. Ross Atkins says that Blue Jays would prefer to create a rotation in which starters are found but have a clear openness to different approaches if necessary.
In this way, Blue Jays are considering the idea of starting workouts in the spring at 10am rather than at 8am as a way to ensure that players will sleep more. Plus, Blue Jays will continue to move often under Montoyo, who opposes the idea of banning the change of MLB infection.
"I do not think I should," he said. "They are great players, they have to make the correction, I think they will. Sooner or later they will make a correction because they are the best hitters in the world, so I think they will."
Since joining Blue Jays in October, Montoyo has made the call to call as many players as possible. A particularly memorable conversation took place with Kevin Spieller, who said, "I can not wait to throw champagne over your head when we get to the championship."
Reaching up to this point will require a lot more work for Blue Jays, but after all these years it's nothing new to Montoyo. Just the spotlight is much brighter now.