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Blue Jays add Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach

Nov 8, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

Don Wakamatsu

Toronto made four additions to new manager John Farrell’s staff today, adding Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach, Pat Hentgen as bullpen coach, and Torey Lovullo as first base coach.

Wakamatsu was the Mariners’ manager for all of 2009 and most of this season, going 127-147 before being fired in mid-August. He’ll reportedly still be allowed to interview for the Mets’ managerial opening.

Murphy was one of the greatest defensive center fielders in baseball history and has held various jobs in the Blue Jays’ organization since 2005. He was also the Diamondbacks’ hitting coach during their championship season in 2001.

Hentgen is one of the best players in Blue Jays history, winning the Cy Young award in 1996 and a total of 131 games during his 14-year career. He retired in 2004.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I am impressed!

  2. klbader - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    One of my earliest baseball memories was watching Dwayne Murphy play deep second base — I mean center field.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM

      Murphy had a big roll in Bautista’s performance last season.

  3. easports82 - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Good for Wak. While he wasn’t exactly setup to fail this year by the M’s front office, they sure as hell didn’t help him out (see: Griffey, Ken; Figgins, Chone). Should’ve been given another year after how he helped right the ship in ’09.

    • IdahoMariner - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM

      I agree. Nice to see him land somewhere and get another chance to show his stuff.

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