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Bulls' Montoyo notches victory No. 614, becomes franchise's all-time winningest manager

Posted July 21, 2014

FILE: Durham Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo before Triple-A All Star Game action at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on July 16, 2014 in Durham, NC. (Will Bratton/WRAL contributor)

— Charlie Montoyo solidified his place on the Mount Rushmore of Durham Bulls fame Monday by becoming the all-time winningest manager in the team’s 112-year history.

With a 5-1 victory over Rochester, the Bulls led Montoyo to win No. 614 in a Durham uniform, lifting him past Bill Evers for the most managerial wins in the franchise all-time.

“First of all, it’s all thanks to God,” Montoyo said after taking a bucket of water to his back during an on-field interview. “I’ve been lucky to have really good teams."

It took Montoyo just 1,103 games over 7-plus seasons to reach 614 wins (.556 win percentage) as he has won two league championships and six division titles. Evers’ 613 wins came over 1,146 games (.534) and eight full seasons.

Monday’s win was secured by a Hak-Ju Lee single that scored Vince Belnome in the fifth and a three-pitcher effort to hold the Rochester Red Wings to just one run on nine hits. The Bulls added three insurance runs in the seventh to give Montoyo some comfort in his historic win.

The Bulls never trailed in the game after scoring the first run of the contest in the fourth on a Jeremy Moore double that plated Jayson Nix.

A native of Florida, Puerto Rico, Montoyo has been part of the Rays franchise since 1997, managing the rookie-level Princeton Devil Rays before jumping to Hudson Valley, Charleston, Bakersfield, Orlando and Montgomery. His first Durham team in 2007 featured 40 players that served time in the Major Leagues including Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton.

Montoyo’s philosophy as a minor league manager has always been to play everybody on the roster as often as possible – both to keep them sharp and keep them interested.

“Everybody in the lineup, they are going to play because they have families that are here and I know what it’s like,” he said.

Montoyo, who managed the International League in Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, has been named the IL Manager of the Year twice (2010 and 2013). As a player, his Major League career was brief, but the second baseman went 2-for-5 with three RBI’s after spending 10 seasons in the minors.

The Bulls lead the IL South Division by 10 games over the Gwinnett Braves after Monday’s win. Their 56-46 record is second to only Syracuse (60-42) in the IL. They continue their homestand Tuesday against Rochester with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

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  • Doc Holliday Jul 22, 2014

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    +1....It's not easy being a coach/manager. Can be tough trying to keep everybody happy. I've always felt you should always have your best 9 on the field but all of 'em deserve a shot. Just not enough teams for everybody to start. Comes down to luck & finding the right fit as a player. He's definitely doing something right.....

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 22, 2014

    ^^^^^
    Agree. B., and Montoyo's time in Durham is probably going to be short lived with all the success he's had. I like his philosophy that everyone on the roster will play as often as possible. Nice guys don't always finish last.

  • Doc Holliday Jul 21, 2014

    “First of all, it’s all thanks to God,” Montoyo said after taking a bucket of water to his back during an on-field interview. “I’ve been lucky to have really good teams."

    True but it takes a very good Manager to pull that off. Congrats to Charlie...time to go to Tampa.

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