The Blue Jays announced in a press release today that Dermot Hale, 62, has rejoined the organization.
Hale will report to manager John Schneider in the role of Associate Manager.
The 2024 season will be Hale’s 22nd as a major league coach.
A former minor league player from 1983 to 1988, Hale has spent the rest of his career in minor league coaching.굿모닝토토
In 1999, he managed Double-A Trenton of the Boston Red Sox organization, winning 92 games and being named Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America and other publications.
He became a big league manager in 2002 when he was named the Texas Rangers’ manager.
He has been a big league coach ever since, with the exception of 2019, when he served as the Atlanta Braves minor league coach and special assistant. He spent the last three seasons as a bench coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Previously, he served as a bench coach in Toronto from 2013 to 2018, assisting then-head coach John Gibbons.
During that time, the Jays reached the American League Championship Series twice, in 2015 and 2016.
It’s something Toronto hasn’t done recently. The Jays have made the postseason in three of four seasons since the 2020 season, but have never advanced past the first round.
“Coach Hale brings passion, toughness, experience, and a history of winning to our coaching staff,” Schneider said in a press release.
“Adding his voice and intensity to our team will benefit our already tight-knit staff and players. We look forward to the immediate impact he will have on the team in 2024.”
“When the opportunity arose to return to Toronto in this role, I was thrilled to be able to give back to this organization and its fans. My familiarity with the field staff and other departments will help me make a smooth transition and help me impact the success of our organization.”