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Brian Butterfield leaves Blue Jays for Red Sox, but still a candidate to manage Blue Jays

Oct 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT


Yesterday third base coach Brian Butterfield left the Blue Jays to take the same job on John Farrell’s new staff in Boston, but Rob Bradford of reports that Butterfield could wind up right back in Toronto as manager.

Bradford spoke to an unnamed source who told him that Butterfield remains a candidate in the Blue Jays’ search to replace Farrell and Farrell himself basically confirmed that by replying “yes, it’s a rare opportunity and we would certainly not block that” when asked about the situation.

You know, because the whole Farrell/Red Sox/Blue Jays thing needed a little more drama involved.

Farrell also brought Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo with him to Boston as bench coach. Butterfield had been with the Blue Jays since 2002.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Shi Davidi of Rogers Sportsnet reported the same story. The Jays were unable to guarantee to any of their coaches that they would return, so Butterfield did take the job offered by Boston. Davidi reported that Butterfield’s contract has an opt out clause should any team want to hire him as a manager.

    • cur68 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Dunno if I should be grateful to the BoSox or not for all this free Beaver Press. I LIKE that AA plays the game real close to the vest but I’m finding the doings of other teams a mite boring this orf season so far. Until the Condiment/Desert Debates start life’s dull baseballwise. A good BoSox leak is worth a few dozen posts from the bloggers, so keep it up sieve that is the Red Sox FO: the tears you generate are like food to these guys.

      Well, Butter for Manager…hmmm…dunno ’bout that. He’s never struck me as a guy who’s in charge of the team. Wakamatsu had more of that air going for him. Lovullo, too. They were always talking to players, especially the young ones. But if that’s the criteria then, hell, Duane Murphy spent more time coaching and refining players than just about anyone. Bruce Walton, too. Certainly, looking at it from the aspect of who generated a bigger positive impact with the team, it has to be Murphy. Since he’s been hitting coach the team has generally improved in hitting, with dramatic surges form Bautista & E5. It was certainly interesting to see Hechevarria, Gose, Cooper, & Sierra improve as they spent more time with Murphy. I think its a pity we don’t hear more about his contributions or about him for manager. But, given that Anthopolus plays GM like the fate of nations hangs in the balance on his secrecy, perhaps he IS in the running but due to the lack of BoSox involvement no one hears of it? Hope so.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    This story keeps getting more and more ridiculous. Before you know it Farrell is going to have Cito Gaston as a hitting coach on Yawkey Way.

  3. jaysjunkie - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Quote: Farrell himself basically confirmed that by replying “yes, it’s a rare opportunity and we would certainly not block that”.

    Translation: “Yes, it’s a rare opportunity, at least until a higher profile gig comes along, at which point Butterfield should jump at it and prove his word don’t mean shit.”

    I hope Farrell gets booed like hell when he returns to Toronto, although considering our generally polite nature, I sure wouldn’t expect it. The return of Yunel Escobar at home after the eye black thing proved that.

    • cur68 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      jays, y’want a rep like certain other countries/cities have? Yeah, so we don’t do the baseball vitriol, so what? In exchange for our lack of cathartic outpouring of Rage & Rage Associated Emotion™ we get to travel the world in peace, enjoy prosperity and health care at home, and not be involved in every tin-pot dictator/religious nut’s schemes of revenge. It’s not like we cant do Rage & Rage Associated Emotion™. After all we won the War if 1812 so decisively that we could have annexed a goodly chunk of the USA if we wanted. The best par was that we didn’t annex it: we said “Let that be a lesson to you. Next time we stay and make you learn French”. Thereby preventing generations of conflict, proving a point, and actually going home without a guerilla war breaking out that we’d have had to continuously quell.

      Do not despair at our lack of Farrell Associated Rage™ (FAR™). It keeps us safe, smug, and secure in the knowledge that if we wanted, we could conquer Boston, like that if we wanted. We’d just rather not because their media are a pack of jackals.

    • willclarkgameface - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      As do I AND I hope Valentine lands on his feet…in a Toronto dugout. That should be a fun 3 game series.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    So Butterfield isn’t boxing professionally anymore?

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