Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera planning to retire

With the Toronto organization since 2010, Luis Rivera will not return to the Blue Jays in 2024.
Luis Rivera, Toronto Blue Jays
Luis Rivera, Toronto Blue Jays / Duane Burleson/GettyImages

While many fans were calling for heads to roll during and following the Blue Jays Game 2 fiasco yesterday, the first name to drop isn't a candidate that anyone would have expected to hear.

On a segment on Sportset Central, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reportedly dropped the surprising news that long-time Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera will be retiring now that the Jays' season is officially over.

Rivera, 59, has been manning Toronto's third base coach's box since 2013, when he took over for Brian Butterfield. He started out in the Blue Jays organization in 2010 as the manager of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats before joining the major league club as a coaching assistant for 2011 and 2012.

The native of Puerto Rico started his coaching career in 2000 with Cleveland, coaching and managing in A-level ball for six seasons. He was named the South Atlantic League Manager of the Year in 2003 and was promoted to the big leagues in 2006, where he took on the roles of infield coach and first base coach through 2009.

Rivera has a long history with baseball in Canada

Rivera had a connection to Canada long before joining the Blue Jays in 2010. As a player, he signed with the Montreal Expos as a free agent in 1982 and spent four years in their minor league system before making his major league debut in 1986.

An infielder, he played for the Expos for parts of three seasons before moving on to Boston, where he spent five years as a Red Sox major leaguer. He appeared in four postseason games when he played in the 1990 ALCS for Boston.

From 1994 to 1998, he bounced around between the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals (he also signed with the Angels but never played for them) before hanging up the cleats after his age 34 season.

Rivera finished with a career .233 batting average in 781 major league games.