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Charlie Montoyo shares how he'll approach some of Blue Jays' biggest challenges

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LAS VEGAS – When Charlie Montoyo first got the chance to coach third base for the Tampa Bay Rays, someone asked him if he was ready for the challenge of handling that responsibility at the big-league level.

His response, as a veteran of countless minor-league games: "Yeah, I’ve been practicing for 18 years."

Now the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, Montoyo faces similar questions as he prepares for his first big-league managerial gig. His answer has stayed consistent.

"It’s kind of the same feeling," he said while addressing the media at the Winter Meetings Tuesday.

"So there’s not a feeling that you’re a rookie?" Laughing, Montoyo dismissed the question. "No, no, no."

Decades into his professional baseball career, the 53-year-old Montoyo sounds confident that he’s ready for his biggest challenge yet: managing a rebuilding Blue Jays team coming off an 89-loss season. Montoyo arrives in Toronto exceptionally well respected........

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