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Blue Jays hire Chad Mottola as hitting coach, announce DeMarlo Hale as bench coach

Nov 26, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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As expected the Blue Jays have officially announced that DeMarlo Hale has left his position as Orioles third base coach to become their new bench coach and Toronto also named Chad Mottola hitting coach.

Mottola was the fifth overall pick in the 1992 draft–one spot ahead of some guy named Derek Jeter–but played just 59 games in the majors and spent 16 seasons in the minors, the last of which was 2007. After retiring Mottola worked his way up from rookie-ball to Triple-A, serving as Las Vegas’ hitting coach in the Blue Jays’ farm system this year.

Baltimore had hoped to retain Hale as third base coach, but instead he’ll join manager John Gibbons’ staff two years after interviewing to become the Blue Jays manager during a search that ultimately ended in John Farrell getting the job.

Gibbons’ staff will also include Pete Walker as pitching coach, Dwayne Murphy as first base coach, and Luis Rivera as third base coach.

  1. cur68 - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Well, at least Dayne Murphy is sticking around. He was an awesome hitting coach. Mottola better be good at this. Seems kind of foolish to move Murph out of a job he did so well. Under his guidance those of the The Beav who went to him for help and advice improved. He left alone the guys that didn’t ask for help, but his “all pull” hitting tutelage sure worked for those that took advantage of it. Best of luck to The New Guy.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Other than Hale, the hires were all internal. Mottola had been getting rave reviews for his work as the hitting coach in Las Vegas. He was due for a promotion. He and Murphy got along quite well and I wouldn’t be surprised if Murphy suggested that Mottola take over with Murphy becoming the first base and outfield coach. Rivera had served as an extra coach with responsibility for coaching the infielders and translating for the Latin players. Two years ago, he managed the Double A team.The big surprise is the promotion of Pete Walker from bullpen coach to pitching coach. Most fans expected that Bruce Walton would be retained. I suspect that we will never know why the change was made; however, the 2012 injuries might have been a factor.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Shi Davidi has reported that the relationship between Gibbons and Walker goes back to 2001 when Gibbons managed Triple A Norfolk and Walker pitched for him. Both Walker and Mottola have played for the Jays when Gibbons previously managed the team.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    A very interesting couple of days in Toronto that move this story to the back pages. The Argos won the Grey Cup yesterday. The Mayor of Toronto won his bet with the Mayor of Calgary.Today, the Mayor of Toronto has been disqualified by a judge due to a minor conflict of interest. Finally, a large haul of toys that had been stolen (an inside job) from the Salvation Army (Christmas toy drive) have been recovered. An eventful couple of days.

    • nbjays - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      Not to mention the Argos broke a handle off the Grey Cup during the post-game celebration. Oops!

      In other Toronto sports news: The Raptors still suck and the Leafs are still unbeaten… :-)

      How many days until Spring Training?

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:47 AM

        The Leafs sure have a great record this season. The culprit who broke the handle of the Grey Cup was the same person who was tossed out of the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. Spring training cant happen too soon for me.

  4. husky2score - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Best of luck DeMarlo Baltimore loved ya! But would ya mind if you made a mistake or two when you play the O’s?

  5. zebbers - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    I like how the only pic available was his RC.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Yep im convinced now that the jays will finish .500 and in 4th place next year!! Congrats toronto!

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