Blue Jays reportedly “reassigning” Shelley Duncan

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TORONTO, ON - MARCH 28: Manager Charlie Montoyo #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays shares a laugh with field coordinator Shelley Duncan #47 during batting practice before the start of their MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on March 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 28: Manager Charlie Montoyo #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays shares a laugh with field coordinator Shelley Duncan #47 during batting practice before the start of their MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on March 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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The Blue Jays are apparently “reassigning” major-league field co-ordinator Shelley Duncan, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

As if Sunday wasn’t crazy enough thanks to the trades of Eric Sogard and Marcus Stroman, the Blue Jays have likely made another move, albeit of much lesser importance.

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays are “reassigning major-league field co-ordinator” Shelley Duncan.

Though Davidi (nor Sportsnet colleague Ben Nicholson-Smith, who Davidi tagged in the tweet), offered no additional details beyond the initial report, many have speculated that this has something to do with the “commotion” that “could be heard” outside the Blue Jays clubhouse after Sunday’s game.

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The Blue Jays clubhouse was not open to the media after the game, per Nicholson-Smith and Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star.

As of Sunday evening, Duncan, 39, was still listed on the Blue Jays’ official coaches page as “major-league field co-ordinator”.

At this point, it is unclear why Duncan is to be reassigned and what his new position will become. After a seven-year MLB career, Duncan joined the Blue Jays coaching staff in the winter after three years of coaching in the minors.

According to a piece by David Singh of Sportsnet in February, Duncan’s job “[consists] of tasks including assisting players, coaches and front-office members, schedule making, plugging holes and aiding preparation.”

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While not much is known about this development at this point, it will be an interesting, albeit impertinent story to watch over the next few weeks. More to come.

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