Las Vegas – When Reli Montevio first received the opportunity to train the third base of Tampa Bay Rise, someone asked him if he was ready for the challenge of handling this responsibility at the league level.
His reaction, a veteran of countless league games: "Yes, I have been practicing for 18 years."
Now director of Toronto Blue Jays, Montevio faces similar questions as he prepares for his first major managerial league. His answer remained consistent.
"It's the same kind of feeling," he said, referring to the media at the winter meetings.
"So there's no sense you're a rookie?" Laughing, Montoyo dismissed the question. "no no no."
Decades into his professional baseball career, 53-year-old Montuyo sounds confident he's ready for his biggest challenge yet: Redesigning the Blue Jays team goes down 89 season loss. Montoyo arrives in Toronto and is especially respected throughout the baseball industry. Some of his old friends left to sing his praises at Mandalay Bay Casino. Yet Montevio will face many challenges in his first season, leading Blue Jays, and his answers gave him insight into how he would approach them.
Whenever the subject of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. comes up with staff members of other clubs, they do not hesitate to rave about his ability. Of course, Blue Jays are usually more reserved with their public statements about the top chance of the game, but Montevio's clearly excited to watch Gerrero Jr. on a daily basis.
"Once he gets there, he can be one of the best baseball players," he said. "It's exciting, to be at the level of three years, I know sometimes (the success of a small league) does not translate into major leagues, but what they say about him, he will translate and be one of the best players."
Of course, Blue Jays will almost certainly delay the debut of Guerrero Jr. by mid-April or later to ensure that they control his rights for seven seasons rather than six. To determine the exact date of the call, Montevio will maintain contact with the Buffalo 3 training team.
"If Vally does not make the club and he's in a third, I'll talk to the team all the time," said Montevio. "(They will) have a good feeling when this child is ready to be in the major leagues."
At the tactical level, Blue Jays are considering various new approaches under Montevideo. Depending on the composition of their pitching team, they can use the option & # 39; opener & # 39; First applied by 2018 horns, perhaps with replicas like Ryan Tepera or Tim Mayza. GM Atkins says Blue Jays will prefer to build a rotation featuring start-based, but there is clearly openness to different approaches if needed.
Along these lines, Blue Jays are considering the idea of starting workout training at 10 am instead of 8:00 as a way to ensure that players sleep longer. In addition, the Blue Jays will continue to move under Montoyo, who is opposed to the idea of banning passage across Malab.
"I do not think they should," he said. "They are great players, they have to do the match, I think they will do it, sooner or later they will match, because they are the best in the world so I think they will do it."
Since joining the Blue Jays in October, Montevideo has been careful to call as many players as possible. A particularly memorable conversation took place with Kevin Filler, who told him "I can not wait to throw champagne on your head when we reach the championship."
Getting to this point will require a lot more work for Blue Jays, but after all these years it's nothing new for Montevideo. It's just that the spotlight is much brighter now.