Milestone win for Montoyo
The Durham Bulls’ 9-2 win over the Indianapolis Indians on Saturday was Charlie Montoyo’s 600th victory as manager of the Bulls.
Montoyo joins Bill Evers, Bulls manager from 1998-2005 and International League Hall of Famer, as the only skipper in franchise history to reach the 600-win plateau. With 14 more victories, Montoyo will pass Evers for the most managerial wins in Durham Bulls history.
Montoyo, 49, is in his eighth season at the helm of the Tampa Bay Rays Triple-A affiliate and has spent his entire 18-year managerial career in the Rays’ system. He was named International League Manager of the Year in 2010 and in 2013.
In 2009, when the Bulls captured their third Governors’ Cup crown and lone Triple-A National Championship, Montoyo was named Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year.
Montoyo, from Manati, Puerto Rico, has led the Bulls to six division titles since his arrival in 2007.
In 2006, Montoyo led the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits to the Southern League crown.
Montoyo earned the 2009 Mike Coolbaugh Award from Minor League Baseball for his work as a mentor to young players. The former Louisiana Tech standout has twice coached the World Team at the MLB Futures Game, and he served under Jose Oquendo as a coach for the Puerto Rican national team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.