All of us in Durham continue adjusting to news of Bulls’ manager Charlie Montoyo’s promotion to the coaching staff of the Tampa Bay Rays. The depth of his impact is measured by the mix of elation and loss many feel. Yesterday the Bulls took out this full-page ad in the Herald-Sun to thank Charlie. His listed achievements speak for themselves.
A couple of years ago I was working on a piece about Charlie for Paris Review Daily (“Field Notes,” August 20, 2012, a version of this piece is in the Bull City Summer book).
Charlie Montoyo. Photo courtesy of the Durham Bulls.
Just a quick note here while the news is fresh. Word came today that Charlie Montoyo, who has been the Durham Bulls’ manager since 2007 and is the all-time franchise leader in wins, has been promoted to the major leagues. He’ll be the third base coach for the Tampa Bay Rays, who have moved field staff around in the wake of manager Joe Maddon’s departure for the Chicago Cubs.
Available everywhere. Hailed by the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s, Slate, Mother Jones, ARTnews, and more. Get it directly from the publisher, Daylight. From Letters Bookshop in downtown Durham. From Regulator Bookshop in Durham. From the gift shop at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, open year-round. From Amazon other sources.
Leaving Traces, the documentary film based on Bull City Summer by Ivan Weiss and Rock Fish Stew Institute of Literature and Materials, will be featured in two exclusive and very different film festivals this coming weekend.
*Saturday September 20, available online on demand, Leaving Traces, will be screened as part of the On Photography Film Festival, which is part of FOTOWEEK in Holland. This is your chance to check out the film in the comfort of your own home.