On Saturday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Pat Hentgen would be stepping down as the Blue Jays pitching coach for the 2014 season. Citing family reasons as the source of the Blue Jays former Cy Young winner having to remove himself from his current position, Pat Hentgen has asked the Blue Jays to be re-assigned within the Jays organization.
Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2011, when Hentgen originally joined the Jays’ as their new bullpen coach, he also had to step down due to family reasons.
Mike Wilner has more on the situation, tweeting that Hentgen’s family issues are to do with the health of his father:
Hentgen will be sorely missed. Very sorry to hear of father’s health issues. Mr. H. is a constant presence, especially in spring. #Bluejays
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) January 4, 2014
Replacing Hentgen will be the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate, Buffalo Bisons’ pitching coach, Bob Stanley, who joined the Blue Jays organization in 2011 as the pitching coach for the Las Vegas 51’s. Stanley played his entire 13 year career with the Boston Red Sox, began as a starter and later converted into a reliever, where he went on to have a successful career.
The two-time all-star, at one time was the Red Sox all-time saves leader finishing with 132. Stanley also holds the single season record for most innings pitched by an AL relief pitcher with 168.1 in 1982.
The bullpen was one of the lone bright spots in the disappointing Jays 2013 season, led by Pat Hentgen the Jays bullpen ranked 3rd overall in innings pitched (552.2), 9th overall in ERA (3.37), 9th overall in WHIP (1.23), 7th overall in opponent’s batting average (2.31), and 13th in K/9 (8.31).
While under Bob Stanley, the Buffalo Bisons ranked 12th in the International League in ERA (4.16) and tied for 8th in WHIP (1.39) in 2013.