The Toronto Blue Jays released news of additions and moves among their minor league personnel yesterday:
Among the bigger moves was the promotion of Hunter Mense to Hitting Co-ordinator after serving as New Hampshire’s Hitting Coach last year, and long-time Jays staffer John Tamargo to Latin America Field Co-ordinator from the DSL Jays Managing job.
Dennis Holmberg, the longest-tenured member of the Blue Jays organization, told us last fall that after 40 years of minor league instruction, he was hopeful of a post closer to his Dunedin home. The Blue Jays granted Brick that wish, putting him in charge of the GCL Jays, which will include Extended Spring Training duties.
Former Expo Casey Candaele, who joined the organization last year, moves from Dunedin to Vancouver, while C’s Manager Dallas McPherson moves to Lansing. Cesar Martin, who ran the ship at Lansing last year, moves up to Dunedin. The promotion of New Hampshire Manager John Schneider to the big league coaching staff created an opening that will be filled by Mike Mordecai, who served as Quality Control Coach for the Blue Jays last year.
New additions to the instructional staff included Pitching Coach Demetre Kokoris, who held the same role at Point Loma University in San Diego, and Cory Popham, late of Post University and Driveline Baseball. Both have extensive teaching experience, and one would assume are quite familiar with the integration of sport science and analytics, given past hires. Antoan Richardson joins the organization in a more formal role as Outfield Coach.
An interesting addition to the minor league staffs is that of dietitian to more teams, after rolling out that role with some of the full season clubs last year.