Charlie Montoyo, Kyle Snyder excited about promotions with Rays
While the departures of longtime coaches Tom Foley and Jim Hickey still seem jarring, Charlie Montoyo and Kyle Snyder are excited about the opportunity to replace them.
Montoyo, 52 this month, will move from the third-base coaching job he had for three seasons to become bench coach on manager Kevin Cash's restructured coaching staff.
Cash said he welcomed Montoyo's help with in-game decision-making, citing the 18 years he spent as a minor-league manager. Montoyo said the promotion was a compliment.
"I managed so many games that I have an idea about what's going to happen and stuff," Montoyo said Tuesday night. "Kevin trusted me. With Tom next to us, we'd talk about what's going to happen, and that happened a lot. ... So if he asked me questions, I answer them, or I say, 'We could do this, because of that,' and it worked out pretty good for us."
Montoyo joined the Rays in 1996, shortly after their inception, and managed at each level of their minor-league system, compiling a 1,266-1,142 (.526) record, including a 633-515 (.551) in eight seasons at Triple-A Durham, winning seven division championships and two Governors' Cup titles.
Snyder, 40, acknowledged the "daunting task" in the unexpected opportunity to replace Hickey, who was considered among the game's best in his 11 years on the job.
"I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity,'' Snyder said. "I'm excited about the challenge. My main goal is just to build off the environment and philosophy that he's created here the last 10 years, and it led to some of the most succesful pitching staffs in baseball. Definitely enormous shoes to fill.''
Snyder started his coaching career in 2012 with the Rays short-season Class A Hudson Valley team, then worked his way up to Class A Bowling Green in 2013 and to a pitching coordinator job in 2014 before joining Durham in 2015. In three seasons the Bulls pitchers posted a 3.61 ERA, and this past year set a minor league single-season record with 1,421 strikeouts.
Snyder, drafted but not signed by the Rays in 1996 out of Sarasota's Riverview High, pictched parts of five seasons in the majors with the Royals (2003-06) and Red Sox (2006-08), playing in Boston with Cash.
In retooling the coaching staff, the Rays are reassigning Foley and assistant hitting coach Jamie
Nelson. They are bringing back 1B coach Rocco Baldelli, bullpen coach Stan Boroski and hitting coach Chad Mottola. Still to be hired are a third-base coach and an assistant hitting coach.