It appears as though Pat Hentgen will be the Jays’ bullpen coach no longer. Citing “family reasons” as the… uh… reason, the 1996 Cy Young winner leaves the job after just a single year, and will be replaced by another ex-Jay, Pete Walker, according to a team release.

Surely this is yet another blow to Jays fans who, for some reason, give a shit.

I mean, obviously nothing against Hentgen, but I can’t imagine how anyone could feel the slightest bit wistful about not seeing him stride out to the bullpen after batting practice to go have a nice four hour sit on a folding chair in the bullpen. We haven’t the first fucking clue what Hentgen brought to the role– which isn’t to imply he was bad at it or anything, it’s just, I don’t know how you could react to his departure with anything but a shrug of the shoulders.

And Walker’s arrival? Actually, I think it’s a pretty good thing. He was the pitching coach for New Hampshire this summer, and was the Jays’ pitching coach for rehabilitating players the two years prior to that.

The fact that Bruce Walton moved from bullpen coach to pitching coach when Brad Arnsberg left tells us that the position is hardly an afterthought, and Walker’s rise through the organization’s coaching ranks and the fact that he was entrusted with some of their most important young arms augers well.

Hentgen will continue to work for the Jays in some capacity, as a Special Assistant to the Organization… which presumably means he’ll be able to help out where he can, instead of committing himself to a seven or eight month grind.

Comments (13)

  1. So Hentgen quitting is the story?

    How about the fact that all the other coaches were retained?

  2. We knew that already, didn’t we?

  3. We did? Or was that just assumed?

    It wasn’t in you 900th lame mailbag post.

  4. This is a sinking ship…

  5. Hentgen’s departure: I don’t know how you could react to his departure with anything but a shrug of the shoulders.
    Walker’s arrival: Actually, I think it’s a pretty good thing

    I’m legit confused – if we don’t know what Hentgen was doing all this time, why would we think that Walker replacing him would be a good thing?

  6. Please help me if someone actually gets worked up about a change in the Bullpen Receptionist job!

    The big question is what is Pete Walker’s telephone demeanour like?? Is he chatty or does he just give one word answers?

  7. “I mean, obviously nothing against Hentgen, but I can’t imagine how anyone could feel the slightest bit wistful about not seeing him stride out to the bullpen after batting practice to go have a nice four hour sit on a folding chair in the bullpen. We haven’t the first fucking clue what Hentgen brought to the role– which isn’t to imply he was bad at it ‘or anything, it’s just, I don’t know how you could react to his departure with anything but a shrug of the shoulders.”
    “The fact that Bruce Walton moved from bullpen coach to pitching coach when Brad Arnsberg left tells us that the position is hardly an afterthought”

    You, sir, are an idiot. 

  8. do bullpen coaches actually do anything??

  9. Hentgen was my first favourite Blue Jay.  I don’t know if that’s lame or whatever but there was a while there he was quite good.

  10. fuck pat hentgen

  11. But I like the mail bag posts…

  12. The job description of a bullpen coach  includes getting thrown under the bus when the egomaniacal Manager picks up the bullpen phone and mistakenly says “Lynn” instead of “Motte”.

     

  13. Ok so in your first statement you make the position sound useless and then in your next statement you say its hardly an afterthought….

     

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