Charlie Montoyo managing the Blue Jays on June 29, 2022.

The NHL’s opening of unrestricted free agency is always a big deal in the Canadian media landscape, with sports networks TSN and Sportsnet both running exhaustive free agency specials. But shortly after those specials began, the country’s only MLB team, the Toronto Blue Jays, decided to fire manager Charlie Montoyo (seen above during a June 29 game). Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic broke that news:

And, shockingly, many of the replies to Rosenthal centered on this coming on NHL FA day:

Some noted that the timing will help the firing and the Jays’ struggles (they’re 46-42, fourth in the AL East and 16.5 games back of the division-leading New York Yankees) get less attention:

But there is also a funny thing there, considering that the Blue Jays are owned by Rogers, also the parent corporation of Sportsnet. So their baseball team is not making life easy for the people at their TV channel, who now have to figure out how to work Blue Jays’ discussion in amidst their day of hockey coverage:

Meanwhile, some further riffs on this came from people who pointed out that Montoyo is now available for NHL management or playing positions.

The 56-year-old Montoyo had been managing the Blue Jays since 2019. The team went 67-95 that first year, then 32-28 in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, then 91-71 last season. But their only playoff appearance in that span was in the expanded postseason in 2020, where they were swept in the wild-card round by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Remarkably, the Jays’ 4-3 home win against the Philadelphia Phillies last night not only left both teams at 46-42 this season, it left Montoyo’s career regular-season record with the Blue Jays at 236-236. So he leaves Toronto with an exactly .500 record. We’ll see who winds up replacing him.

[Photo from Kevin Sousa/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.