When the Blue Jays visit their rival from the Yankees Division in the Bronx, Montoyo runs two miles from Yankee Stadium to Casa Amadeo. emblematic place for salsa lovers and Puerto Rican immigrants. This is the oldest, constantly busy Latin music store in New York. There, Montoyo buys CDs, which he converts into audio files for his laptop, and runs back to the stadium with them in a bag tucked under his arm.
If the Blue Jays meet their high expectations this season, the Bronx team is a significant challenge. Their division, the American League East, is the toughest in baseball. If the post-season with 12 teams starts today, three teams from the division – Yankees, Tampa Bay Race and Blue Jace – would participate. And the Boston Red Sox, who have not had two games since reaching the World Series last year, are not far behind.
They were the Blue Jays popular selection from the World Series when they entered this season, Montoyo was fourth as Toronto’s manager. Composed of a core of young stars, the once-recovering team erupted in 2020 and reached the playoffs. Although the team fell by one win after another post-season appearance last season, the Blue Jays, who last won the World Series in 1993, still seemed to be on trend.
Two Blue Jays performed better this season than the free agents they replaced. Kevin Gaussman, who replaced Cy Young Award winner Cy Young in 2021, is leading a rotation that has been in the top 10 in baseball. The second baseman, Santiago Espinal, who replaced Marcus Semien at the All Star in 2021, is a key part of the squad, which was one of the best.
This does not mean that there are no holes to fill. The fast, for example, ranked 16th in the MLB in the average run on Friday. Maybe parts of the team will look different after August. 2 deadlines for trading – the season is still long – but the soundtrack will remain the same with Montoyo, who answers: salsa.