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Hentgen always had a keen eye for young talent. And recycled jokes.

According to an official release from the club, the Jays have named former Cy Young winner Pat Hentgen as their bullpen coach for 2013. Hentgen returns to the role that he held in 2011, which he left after one season, citing “family reasons,” as I explained in a post 13 months ago, calling it “yet another blow to Jays fans who, for some reason, give a shit.”

“I mean, obviously nothing against Hentgen,” I said at the time, “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.”

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Goodnight, John Boy

As per an official team release, the coaching staff for your Toronto Fightin’ Gibbers is all but in place, with Demarlo Hale taking a spot as the bench coach as expected, Pete Walker moving up from bullpen coach to the full-on grown up pitching coach, Chad Mottola fulfilling his internet-determined destiny by becoming the Blue Jays new hitting coach. Luis Rivera gets a promotion to third base coach while Dwayne Murphy slips down a few runs to outfield instructor and first base coach. The bullpen coach position remains open – with Pat Hentgen possibly slipping into that role, suggests Mark Zwolinski.

Which means former pitching coach and long-time staffer Bruce Walton joins Don Wakamatsu at Kinkos, printing off copies of his resume and rehearsing answers to “what are you greatest weaknesses?” interview questions. Walton’s tenure as pitching coach was a rocky one, as nearly every pitcher under his watch saw his arm explode or at least randomly catch fire for a few innings.

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Forecast Calls For Hale

As we’ve learned on more than one occasion this off-season already, most clubs deal with the employment status of members of their coaching staff on a year-to-year basis, meaning that– thanks to an abnormally late-coming managerial search– guys like Bruce Walton and Don Wakamatsu remain in limbo, waiting for formal offers to be part of the Jays’ coaching staff next year. In Wakamatsu’s case, however, such a call may not be coming, as the Baltimore Orioles had similarly yet to finalize their staff, and it appears as though DeMarlo Hale is headed to take Wak’s now-former position as the Jays’ bench coach:

Roch Kubatko of MASN is reporting it as well, explaining that “Hale was the last remaining unsigned coach, and the Orioles made him an offer to return next season,” but the Jays will hire him “as their bench coach, according to two industry sources. One source said Hale could receive a three-year contract.”

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Butterfield to the Red Sox

Welp. Here’s where the whole “fuck you and the horse you rode in on, John Farrell” thing gains a little bit more traction, and gets a little bit worse for the Jays. Brian Butterfield, who preceded Farrell here– and has, in fact, been here since the day after Buck Martinez was fired, coming in as a member of Carlos Tosca’s staff– has been scooped up by the Red Sox and their dickbag manager to be the new third base coach in Boston.

Sean McAdam of CSN New England confirms:

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