Blue Jays name Pete Walker as pitching coach, Chad Mottola as batting coach
DAVID COOPER/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO In this photo from 2012 spring training, Blue Jays bullpen coach Pete Walker (left), pitching coach Bruce Walton, talk with manager John Farrell (right) during a workout in Dunedin. Walker has been named the Jays pitching coach for the 2013 season.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons unveiled his coaching staff Monday, with the biggest change coming at the positions of bench and pitching coach.
Gibbons’ new bench coach will be Demarlo Hale — whose appointment was reported over the weekend — while Bruce Walton was replaced at pitching coach by Pete Walker, the club’s bullpen coach in 2012.
There’s a small shift in the hitting coach ranks — Chad Mottola, who worked wonders with many of the franchise’s young stars at AAA Las Vegas the past two years, takes over the hitting coach role from Dwayne Murphy, who now moves to first base coach.
Luis Rivera, a valuable conduit to the club’s Latin player base, takes over at third base — he was the so-called eye in the sky in 2012, overseeing games from the press box.
Gibbons has yet to fill his bullpen coach job.
The changes and shufflings leaves Walton looking for work after a decade with the Jays in which he moved from bullpen coach to a highly respected pitching coach.
Don Wakamatsu is also on the outside now after serving as bench coach for John Farrell the past two seasons.
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