In major league baseball, it is often said that it is easier to fire one man than to fire 25.
And that’s what happened to former Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.
It is obvious that Montoyo has some responsibility for the Blue Jays’ troubles this season, but he is far from being the only one responsible!
On offense, Cavan Biggio is hitting just .232 with just 14 RBIs, while Matt Chapman is batting just .241 offensively. And what about George Springer with his average of .259, while in career, he has an average of .267.
Finally, backup Bradley Zimmer isn’t contributing enough, hitting just .107 and driving in just three runs.
It should come as no surprise if Casey Candaele soon sees himself named as Montoyo’s successor.
Deschamps climbs the ladder
Quebecer Nicolas Deschamps has learned good news.
Aged only 19, he was promoted with the Dunedin team, he who previously wore the colors of the Jays subsidiary in the rookie league.
The young receiver had been drafted by the Jays in August 2021. Summoned to the office of manager Jose Mayorga, the young man also believed that he was going to be reprimanded.
Deschamps therefore follows in the footsteps of his good friend Jean-Christophe Masson. He feared finishing the season in the rookie league.
Other Quebecers drafted
Jérémy Pilon, only 16 years old, was drafted in the 18th round by the Toronto Blue Jays organization last week.
Pilon, a left-handed pitcher from Valleyfield, obviously receives congratulations from just about everyone around him, but the one who became the youngest player selected during the 20 rounds of the most recent draft finds himself confronted with a heartbreaking choice for the rest of his career.
“I wait and I hope,” summed up the Baseball Academy of Canada (ABC) and Canadian junior team color holder when reached by telephone.
Of course, Pilon didn’t hide his pleasure when the Jays called his name. With about twenty relatives and friends gathered at the family home, there were cries of joy. His friends surrounded him and his family embraced him.
If the young Pilon is used to throwing his spectacular curve ball, life has served him one. Very quickly, the young player understood that the Blue Jays would probably not be able to offer him the desired signing bonus. Immediately, in the early evening, he headed to a gymnasium located in Valleyfield to decompress a little.
“I couldn’t tell what state of mind I was in, I just needed to get everything out there,” Pilon said. Currently, I see it as a great experience and I remain humble in that. If I can’t get along with the Blue Jays, I will continue my development and I can always be drafted another year. »
A common situation
For those who are not familiar with the major league baseball auction, it should be noted that it is quite common to see a player being drafted more than once. Especially in Quebec, where athletes can be chosen from the end of high school, sometimes even at 16, like Pilon.
A concrete example remains that of former receiver Russell Martin, who, at age 17, had been selected by the Expos at the 2000 auction. Without being able to agree with the Montreal club, he had finally taken the plunge with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after being drafted in 2002.
In the case of Pilon, a twinge in the heart similar to that felt by Martin, at the time, remains present. Born in 2005, after the departure of the Expos, the young man grew up encouraging the Blue Jays.
“It’s a team that is close to our hearts in the family,” he agreed, recalling in particular a certain visit to the Rogers Center in Toronto when he was very young.
Whether or not he manages to come to an agreement with the Toronto organization, Pilon insists on thanking those around him for the support of the last few days, but also of the last few years. He mentions his father Eric, who was his coach for a long time, but also his mother Colette Benjamin and his sister Laurie-Jade.
Quebec scout Jasmin Roy, who encouraged the Blue Jays to draft Pilon along with supervisor Kory Lafreniere, would also like the team to sign a contract with the young Quebecer.
“If I can provide opportunities for young people here by offering them the opportunity to play in an environment where they can develop to their full potential, my mission is successful, that’s why I’m doing this job,” summarized Roy, aware that Pilon has many options in front of him. For the 2022 draft, Jérémy was definitely at the top of our list among young Quebecers. »
Three Quebecers were chosen in the annual major league draft, which was held last week:
- Cedric De Grandpre (13)e round by the Atlanta Braves)
- Nathan Landry (15e round by the Boston Red Sox)
- Jeremy Pilon (18e round by the Toronto Blue Jays)