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Blue Jays making changes to coaching staff

Oct 7, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

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Coming off a disappointing 74-88 season, the Blue Jays are making some changes to their coaching staff.

The team announced this evening that hitting coach Chad Mottola and first base coach Dwayne Murphy will not be back next season. Murphy, who has been with the team since 2008 and also served as hitting coach from 2010-2012, is retiring as a major league coach.

Mottola was a first-time hitting coach in 2013 under John Gibbons. The Blue Jays finished eighth in the AL with 712 runs scored and ninth with a .729 OPS, which isn’t too far off from where they were last season. Ultimately, injuries and underperformance in the starting rotation were the biggest factors for them being unable to meet the billing as preseason favorites.

  1. elwaysagenius - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Because it’s the coaches fault and not the bags of garbage they run out at LF, C, and 2nd base

  2. okwhitefalcon - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    The Tony Rasmus era begins…

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Injuries to position players and pitchers essentially did the Jays in. Not surprised that Murphy is retiring. He did not seemed to be very enthused as the season wound down. I have no idea if Mottola is a good hitting coach. He had excellent results in the minors; however coaching in Las Vegas may have inflated his reputation.

    • paperlions - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Every team has injuries. You want to compare injuries between the Jays and Cardinals and see who had more (hint: not the Jays)? A lack of organizational depth did in the Jays, when they had no viable replacements for the their injured players (sorry, but the whole “Buffalo may have a better rotation than some MLB teams” comment is still an all-time best for laughs). Injuries almost always happen…to not be prepared for them is an organizational issue….and the Jays are really thin in a lot of areas.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        Hi Grumpy. Melky played with a tumor in his back before going on the DL. Rasmus went on the DL twice. Bautista missed a large chunk of the second half with a bad hip. Encarnacion hurt his wrist and needed an operation. Lawrie missed significant time with a strained stomach muscle and a sprained ankle. Reyes missed significant time with a sprained ankle. Lind missed only a few games due to a back problem. Izturis missed the last 5 weeks. Johnson had a forearm and elbow problem, Morrow had a forearm problem. While falling down after having his skull cracked by a batted ball, Happ hurt his knee.

        Now kindly refresh my memory about all the injuries suffered by St. Louis.

      • paperlions - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        Carpenter lost for entire year.

        Motte lost for entire year.

        Garcia lost for 5 months.

        Westbrook on DL twice.

        Molina missed nearly a month.

        Holliday went on the DL and missed additional time with a back injury.

        Furcal missed entire year.

        Freese missed first month with back injury.

        Craig missed time twice including the last month of season.

        Cruz missed time with broken arm.

        ….and those are just the ones off the top of my head, I’m sure there were others.

        I’m sorry that you view reason as being grumpy. Pointing out flaws or fault that are easily predictable isn’t being grumpy, it is just using observation. For example, if you think Goins is capable of being an everyday 2B, you will probably be sorely disappointed….he is still young-ish, but there isn’t anything in his MiLB or MLB record to suggest he could be better than a replacement level player.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        Thank you for the response. I do not see any major injuries there that were going to significantly affect the team. Relief pitchers for example do not have as big impact as home run/rbi types. The Jays also had some relief pitchers such as Delabar, Cecil and Santos hit the DL but I did not mention them as their impact was not as significant as losing the heart of the batting order. As far as Goins is concerned, he seems to be an excellent defensive player. He will never be an elite hitter; however he will prevent runs being scored.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Injuries were not the reason the jays finished dead last, they team basically sucks to be perfectly honest. So all the coaching moves in the world aint gonna do jack and Gibbons will be canned after 2014 and AA will be packing his bags also

      • thebadguyswon - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        Jesus….stop with the excuses. He is right – injuries are reality for everyone.

        The Blue Jokes’ problem is their idiot GM has depleted their farm system to the point where they have no reinforcements, as paperlions said. The next pitcher the Jokes develop will be their first in decades.

      • Old Gator - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        Two months into ninth grade and our resident artificial stupidity still can’t punctuate or spell. Time to turf him upstairs to the special special ed teacher.

    • Mark - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Hard to complain about Mottola when Lind, Lawrie and Rasmus all showed improvement this year with him as the coach.

    • sfp311 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Yes they did have injury problems throughout their line-up this year, but in the grand scheme of things you can’t just blame it on that. Starting pitching is going to be an issue next year again, and unfortunately this free agent class of starting pitchers is quite unimpressive. I think Ubaldo Jimenez would be worth a look after how he ended the season with the Tribe, but you just have to hope his mechanics are fixed for good now. I don’t think that having Redmond or Rogers as your ‘best’ pitchers at times is going to cut it. They don’t need innings eaters, since they already have Buehrle and Dickey, but they need someone who has AL experience who can pitch in Rogers Centre and have an ERA in the 2-3.5 range. The farm system is what it is at this point, so there’s not much they can do there. But I think what they need to look for when they look to trade/sign this off-season, is players who have a history of being healthy and also who have AL experience. I think that will really help make them a competitive team for next season.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Good points.

      • sfp311 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        There was an article recently about the fact that the Angels might still be looking to trade Howie Kendrick. I think depending on what the asking price is the Jays should at least take a look into a trade for him. They need a second basemen who can handle the bat and is average/above average defensively. Not that that’s easy to come by.

      • Cris E - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        …they need someone who has AL experience who can pitch in Rogers Centre and have an ERA in the 2-3.5 range.

        Hmmm. You know who else needs that guy? Everyone.

        I hope when they find him he turns up at spring training riding a unicorn, because that would make him even more awesome.

      • sfp311 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Yeah I get that it might be pretty damn hard finding someone like that, but they really need to try. Balls just fly out of Rogers Centre and a knuckleballer and an extreme contact pitcher being your 1-2 isn’t going to cut it. I know they’re obviously not the only ones looking for that, and with a thin free agency market in terms of pitching, it’s going to be even tougher to find what they need.

  4. TheMorningStar - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Next change on the agenda: a new GM.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Does your screen name refer to the newspaper often referred to as “The Red Star”?

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