Blue Jays name five to coaching staff

John Gibbons is named as the new Blue Jays manager at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Nov. 20,...

John Gibbons is named as the new Blue Jays manager at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Nov. 20, 2012. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has named the majority of his coaching staff for 2013, a cast of characters that infuses some new blood while maintaining continuity.

Gibbons has hired DeMarlo Hale away from the Baltimore Orioles as his bench coach, promoted Pete Walker from bullpen coach to pitching coach, and given Luis Rivera a new portfolio as his third base coach and main infield instructor.

Chad Mottola takes over as the team hitting coach but he will work closely with Dwayne Murphy, who is now Toronto’s first base coach, with responsibilities for base-running and outfield play, as well as a supporting role for Mottola.

Hale and Gibbons have managed against each other and have coached together in the minors. “Our friendship is big,” Gibbons said. “We can trust each other.”

Hale will be the chief organizer for spring training and will help coach in all areas of the game.

Mottola, who has worked for the Blue Jays in the minors for several years, most recently as the triple-A hitting coach, is familiar with most of the Toronto hitters and has worked closely with many of them. He and Murphy have previously worked well together in spring training.

The role of bullpen coach has not been filled. Gibbons and Walker will toss around some names and come up with a suitable candidate in the next short while.

Brian Butterfield, who had been on the Toronto staff in various roles for the past 11 seasons, and Torey Lovullo left to join John Farrell’s Boston Red Sox staff last month. Gibbons gave serious consideration to bringing back Walton as pitching coach but decided to go with Walker instead.


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