The Toronto Blue Jays continued their offseason make-over, naming Pat Hentgen as their bullpen coach on Monday. Hentgen replaces Pete Walker in the role, who was named pitching coach on John Gibbons‘s staff.
This is Hentgen’s second turn as the bullpen coach in Toronto, a role he previously held in 2011. However, Hentgen was forced to resign from the role after the season due to personal issue. He has previously served as a roving pitching instructor within the Blue Jays organization.
Hentgen spent 10 of his 14 seasons pitching for the Blue Jays, retiring with Toronto in 2004 at the age of 35. He currently ranks fifth in career wins, strike-outs, and innings pitched on the team’s all-time list. Hentgen’s 1996 season, where we went 20-10 with a 3.22 ERA marked the first time in franchise history that a Blue Jays’ pitcher took home the Cy Young Award.
The hiring of Hentgen marks the final addition to John Gibbons’s 2013 coaching staff.