Toronto made four additions to new manager John Farrell’s staff today, adding Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach, Pat Hentgen as bullpen coach, and Torey Lovullo as first base coach.
Wakamatsu was the Mariners’ manager for all of 2009 and most of this season, going 127-147 before being fired in mid-August. He’ll reportedly still be allowed to interview for the Mets’ managerial opening.
Murphy was one of the greatest defensive center fielders in baseball history and has held various jobs in the Blue Jays’ organization since 2005. He was also the Diamondbacks’ hitting coach during their championship season in 2001.
Hentgen is one of the best players in Blue Jays history, winning the Cy Young award in 1996 and a total of 131 games during his 14-year career. He retired in 2004.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.