The Blue Jays have finalized the 2013 Coaching staff by announcing the Pat Hentgen will return as the Bullpen Coach, a position he held for one year in 2011. He chose to leave that position at the end of the 2011 season to spend more time with his family. Totally reasonable for a guy who spend the better part of 8/9 months a year away from home for the better part of his adult life.
I always thought that Hentgen would be back, not very often do you hear a guy who decides to leave make himself as available to media and the organization as he does. To be honest I thought he was going to be named Pitching Coach. It was well known that Pat enjoyed working with starting pitchers through his work in the minors as a special adviser and he is known to have alot of respect for new Jays Manager John Gibbons.
I'm really excited for this move. How often are you able to have a former CY Young winner (and the 1st in the teams history) to help mold a lot of your young pitchers and give them insight on what the city of Toronto has to offer a baseball player. I think what I was really liked about his last stint at the Bullpen coach was the advice that he provided to Brett Cecil. It seemed like the simplest bit of advice, but when it comes from someone with the resume like Hentgen has i'm sure it sinks in a little bit more for a young pitcher.
Welcome back Pat! It's great to have someone back who is proud to be a Blue Jay!
Let me start right now the Pat Hentgen for "Level of Excellence" chatter!
Go Jays Go!