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  • Jays add Wakamatsu & Hentgen to coaching staff

    And a couple others...

    The Toronto Blue Jays rounded out its 2011 coaching staff by adding Don Wakamatsu, Dwayne Murphy, Torey Luvollo and Pat Hentgen.

    The trio join current third base coach Brian Butterfield and pitching coach Bruce Walton.

    Wakamatsu, 47, assumes the role of Bench Coach after serving most recently as the Seattle Mariners manager in 2009-10. The Hood River, Oregon native brings an extensive coaching background to the Blue Jays, having managed for six seasons in both the minor and major leagues, including Bench Coaching duties in Texas and Oakland. An 11th round pick by Cincinnati in 1985, Wakamatsu reached the major leagues with the White Sox in 1991, playing 18 games, over the course of his 12 years as a professional catcher.

    Murphy, 55, returns to the role of Hitting Coach, marking his second in the position and 3rd as a Blue Jays coach. The six–time Gold Glove Award winner was the Organizations Roving Minor League Hitting Instructor prior to his appointment in Toronto in 2008. Under his direction the 2010 Blue Jays led the major leagues with a franchise record 257 home runs, 46 more than runner-up Boston.

    Lovullo, 46, joins the Blue Jays after completing his ninth season as a minor league manager, most recently with Pawtucket, the Red Sox AAA affiliate. The University of California alumnus, spent parts of eight seasons in the major leagues as a player in a 13 year career from 1987-99, before spending eight seasons managing in the Cleveland Indians system.

    Hentgen, 41, makes his coaching debut after a stellar 14 year playing career that included 10 seasons in a Blue Jays uniform. In 1996 the right-hander posted a 20-10 record with a 3.22 ERA to capture the first Cy Young Award in Blue Jays history. Hentgen will assume the role of Bullpen Coach for 2011, after spending the last seven seasons as the Blue Jays Club Ambassador and Special Assistant to the President and CEO.

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    Good to hear that Murphy will be retained in the organization. Batista and Buck credited him for helping their hitting.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bluejaysfan View Post
      Good to hear that Murphy will be retained in the organization. Batista and Buck credited him for helping their hitting.
      Absolutely. Would be stupid to not keep a hitting coach, when the team leads all majors in HRs. Although a higher average next year wouldn't hurt
      I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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      • #4
        I'm not saying that Murphy is a bad hitting coach, but while Bautista and Buck had great years, Hill and Lind had terrible years. I would like to see the Jays add a player or two that gets on base more often.

        Pat Hentgen is all class. He will do wonders for that young staff.
        Check out my Canadian baseball history blog called "Cooperstowners in Canada": http://www.kevinglew.wordpress.com

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