Blue Jays complete minor league appointments



    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announce the following
coaching appointments to complete their Minor League system for the upcoming
2009 season.
    MIKE BASSO will manage the LAS VEGAS 51s in the Blue Jays' inaugural
season in the Pacific Coast League. JOHN SCHNEIDER will take over the Gulf
Coast entry as a first time manager. All other managers will return at the
helm of their respective clubs including GARY CATHCART in New Hampshire, OMAR
MALAVE in Dunedin, CLAYTON MCCULLOUGH in Lansing, and DENNIS HOLMBERG in
Auburn.
    DANE JOHNSON will return as the Roving Pitching Coach, while former Blue
Jay CHAD MOTTOLA continues his coaching career as Roving Hitting Coach. DOUG
DAVIS who led the Syracuse Chiefs the past two seasons will be the Roving
Catching Coach, and RICK LANGFORD accepts the role as Roving Rehab/Pitching
Coach.
    SCHNEIDER, moves up from hitting coach with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays into
a managerial role at the same level. The 28 year-old, had a six-year minor
league career with Blue Jays, spending parts of four seasons with Syracuse
(AAA) of the International League. The former catcher was originally drafted
in the 13th round of the 2002 draft.
    CATHCART returns for a 4th season as manager and 2nd in New Hampshire.
MALAVE continues for a 28th season in a Blue Jays uniform, including his 19th
as a manager and 5th consecutive season in Dunedin. MCCULLOUGH will manage
Lansing for the 2nd straight season and will be his 3rd overall as a manager,
while HOLMBERG returns for a 19th season as a minor league manager in the Blue
Jays system and 7th with Auburn.
    MOTTOLA, moves into the roving hitting coach role, following his debut as
the Gulf Coast Blue Jays hitting instructor. Prior to that, he enjoyed a
16-year pro career, including parts of five seasons in the major leagues. The
former 1st round pick belted 249 home runs in the minor leagues, adding four
at the Major League level.
    A complete list of the Blue Jays 2009 player development staff follows.

    
                        2009 PLAYER DEVELOPMENT STAFF

    COORDINATORS
    ------------
    Roving Pitching Coach          Dane Johnson
    Roving Hitting Coach           Chad Mottola
    Roving Catching Coach          Doug Davis
    Roving Rehab/Pitching Coach    Rick Langford
    Roving Coach:                  Mel Queen

    LAS VEGAS 51s                       NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHERCATS
    -------------                       ------------------------
    Manager:   Mike Basso               Manager:   Gary Cathcart
    Pitching:  David LaRoche            Pitching:  Tom Signore
    Hitting:   Ken Joyce                Hitting:   Paul Elliott
    Trainer:   Jon Woodworth            Trainer:   Voon Chong

    DUNEDIN BLUE JAYS                   LANSING LUGNUTS
    -----------------                   ---------------
    Manager:   Omar Malave              Manager:   Clayton McCullough
    Pitching:  Darold Knowles           Pitching:  Antonio Caceres
    Hitting:   Al LeBoeuf               Hitting:   Justin Mashore
    Trainer:   Andrew Muccino           Trainer:   Bob Tarpey

    AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS                   GULF COAST BLUE JAYS
    -----------------                   --------------------
    Manager:   Dennis Holmberg          Manager:   John Schneider
    Pitching:  Vince Horsman            Pitching:  TBA
    Hitting:   Charles Poe              Hitting:   Dave Pano/Danny Solano
    Trainer:   Daniel McIntosh          Trainer:   Mike White
    





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