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Blue Jays complete coaching staff for 201010/30/2009 6:09 PM ET
The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announce that CITO GASTON has signed a four-year consulting agreement to begin in 2011 after choosing to retire from managing following the 2010 season. Gaston's staff in 2010 will consist of BRIAN BUTTERFIELD, Third Base Coach, NICK LEYVA, Bench Coach, DWAYNE MURPHY, Hitting Coach, BRUCE WALTON, Pitching Coach, RICK LANGFORD, Bullpen Coach and OMAR MALAVE, First Base Coach. GENE TENACE has chosen to retire from baseball & BRAD ARNSBERG has accepted the position of Pitching Coach with the Houston Astros.
As part of his consulting agreement, GASTON, 65, will advise and consult in all areas of Baseball Operations, including the Major League Club, spring training, minor league operations and scouting. The Olsmar, Florida resident, who returned as manager on June 20, 2008, is the first two-time manager of the Blue Jays and only one of 10 men to manage the club since its inception in 1977. Gaston managed the Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997 and led the team to four play-off appearances including back to back World Series Championships in 1992 & 1993. One of nine men inducted to the Toronto Blue Jays Level of Excellence, he owns a career 828-774 record as manager in a franchise high 1,602 regular season games.
MALAVE, 46, has spent his entire professional baseball career in the Blue Jays organization as a player from 1981 to 1988 and then in coaching capacity since 1990. The Cumana, Venezuela native who has managed over 2,000 minor league games native will be making his big league debut.
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