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Blue Jays bullpen coach Pat Hentgen steps down for family reasons

Jan 4, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays announced late this afternoon that bullpen coach Pat Hentgen has been given the year off in order “to support his family and his father’s current health issues.” Triple-A pitching coach Bob Stanley will replace him on the major league staff for the 2014 season.

Hentgen served as bullpen coach for the Blue Jays in 2011 and was brought back last season when John Gibbons was brought back as manager. He previously served as a club ambassador from 2007-2010 and in 2012. He’ll surely have a job waiting for him in the organization if and when he’s ready to return.

Hentgen was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in 1986 and pitched in the majors with the club from 1991-1999 before finishing his career there in 2004. A three-time All-Star, he won the American League Cy Young Award in 1996.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Pat Hentgen is extremely popular with the players and the fans. He has always placed his family first, so I am not surprised by his decision, given his father’s illness.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Hentgen knows 2014 is gonna be a even bigger train wreck of a season then 2013 was, I don’t blame him for sparing himself the pain of watching what is about to happen. Good luck pat and I hope you catch on with a good club for a change

    • cur68 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      /poo FLUNG

    • Old Gator - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Isn’t your mommy calling you? It’s time for your neuroleptics.

    • dirtyharry1971smissingbrain - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Lost: one brian
      Reason: had to get away from the idiot it was in
      What to do: bury body like dog crap

      • Old Gator - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Ah yes, a riposte with your trademark maturity and originality. Poor child. Still can’t punctuate. Bet you’re really looking forward to being shipped back up to your special school out in the woods.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        aww old gasser looks up to me so much he tried to create a screen name close to mine…face it you worship the ground I walk on

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    That name is a blast from the past.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    I love Bob Stanley. The savage ferocity with which he terminated beach balls was a beautiful thing to behold from the right field grandstand. No one could swing a bullpen steel rake like Stanley.

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