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Montoyo ties Bulls franchise record for managerial victories

Posted July 18, 2014

Durham Bulls and International League All-Star team manager Charlie Montoyo at practice Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

With the Durham Bulls’ 1-0 victory over the Gwinnett Braves Friday night, Charlie Montoyo earned his 613th victory as manager of the Bulls, tying him with Bill Evers for the most managerial wins in franchise history.

Montoyo has posted a record of 613-490 in his eight seasons as Durham’s manager and reached his 613th win in his 1,103rd game with the franchise, 43 games fewer than Evers.

Since taking over the Bulls at the beginning of the 2007 season, Montoyo has led the Bulls to six division titles in seven season, while winning 80 games or more five times.

The Puerto Rico native has spent his entire 18-year managerial career in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. In his tenure with the Bulls, the 49-year-old has been named the International League Manager of the Year on two occasions, first in 2010 and then again in the Championship campaign of 2013.

In 2009, when the Bulls captured their third Governors’ Cup crown and lone Triple-A National Championship title, he was honored as Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year.

Earlier this week, Montoyo managed the International League to a 7-3 victory over the Pacific Coast League in the 2014 Cree Triple-A All-Star Game, his second victory in the All-Star Game in two tries after he skippered the I.L. to a 2-1 triumph in 2010. The Bulls recognized Montoyo prior to Wednesday’s All-Star Game, having him throw out the exhibition’s ceremonial first pitch.

Outside of the Rays organization Montoyo has been lauded for his on-field work, earning the Mike Coolbaugh Award in 2009, given by Minor League Baseball to an individual for outstanding mentoring of young players on the field. In addition, the former Louisiana Tech standout has twice been named as a coach of the World Team at the MLB Futures Game, and served under Jose Oquendo as a coach for the Puerto Rican national team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Montoyo will look to surpass Evers’ mark on Saturday, as the first-place Bulls continue their road series with the Gwinnett Braces at Coolray Field.

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  • Doc Holliday Jul 20, 2014

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    +1....the Bulls are the reason I started pulling for the Braves when they were in the Carolina League. They may be the reason I jump to the Rays...lol

    Plus, ya have to like what Montoyo brings to the game. Good baseball guy for sure. His record is what it is....I'd do what I had to do to keep him.

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 19, 2014

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    Definitely agree, B. While I'd like to see Montoyo stay in Durham, it would be great to see him get a chance to go to Tampa with his history there.

  • Doc Holliday Jul 19, 2014

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    Agreed, Gunny. It'd be nice to see him stay with the Bulls but given his success in Durham, I would imagine he'll get his chance to manage in the Bigs soon enough. Six division titles in seven seasons is strong. Just surprised he hasn't made the jump already. Then again, the plan may be for him to go to Tampa once Maddon retires. You don't want to lose a guy like that with that kind of success. With the connection to the Bulls, hope the Rays do well.

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 19, 2014

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    +1

    There's probably a lot of teams that could use Montoyo. My first thought when I read saw this story is that some team will be making him an offer. While it's what you want to see happen, I hope he sticks around in Durham for a while longer.

  • Doc Holliday Jul 18, 2014

    Congrats to Montoyo. They could use him in Tampa.

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