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Blue Jays hire Dave Hudgens as bench coach | MLB

New manager Charlie Montoyo’s staff is coming together in Toronto. The Blue Jays on Wednesday announced the hiring of longtime coach Dave Hudgens to be Montoyo’s bench coach.

Hudgens, who spent the last four years with the Houston Astros, replaces DeMarlo Hale, who has been offered an opportunity to remain in the organization in another role. 

“[Hudgens] is a consummate learner, teacher,” general manager Ross Atkins told reporters at the general managers’ meetings in California. “Extremely well-respected by his peers. Incredible integrity. His experiences across player development and major league coaching are exactly what we were looking for.”

Hudgens, 61, began his managing and coaching career in 1985 after a six-year professional career (1979-84) that included six games with the Oakland Athletics in 1983. The California native has previously worked for the A’s, Astros, Indians, Mets and Astros again. He was a coach on the Astros’ 2017 World Series championship team and managed Caracas to a Venezuelan winter league title in 2009-10.

This will be his first bench coaching assignment after working exclusively as a hitting coach. The move is a solid choice for the Blue Jays, who will have a first-time major league manager at the helm in Montoyo. 

Hudgens joins three holdovers from former manager John Gibbons’ staff: pitching coach Pete Walker, bullpen coach Dane Johnson and third base coach Luis Rivera. The Blue Jays parted ways Saturday with hitting coach Brook Jacoby and first base coach Tim Leiper.

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