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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Blue Jays part ways with staff members Hentgen, Quantrill, Huckaby

The Toronto Blue Jays have parted ways with franchise icon Pat Hentgen, fellow special assistant Paul Quantrill and triple-A manager Ken Huckaby, according to multiple industry sources.

The reasons for the changes weren’t immediately clear.


Hentgen, the club’s first homegrown 20-game winner and a beloved part of the 1992-93 World Series winning teams, was in his eighth season as a special assistant to the club, having also served as the Blue Jays’ bullpen coach in 2011 and ’13.

Quantrill spent six seasons with the Blue Jays, earning an all-star nod in 2001, and joined the team as a consultant in 2013 before serving as a special assistant.

Huckaby was promoted to manager at triple-A Buffalo this past off-season after spending the past couple of years as the organization’s catching coordinator, and ran the 2020 alternate training site in Rochester, N.Y., which shut down this week.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 05:19 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Itchy Row Posted: September 24, 2020 at 05:50 PM (#5978568)
Hentgen, the club’s first homegrown 20-game winner
He and Roy Halladay are still the only two, unless David Wells counts. Wells was drafted by the Jays and played his first six seasons with them. Then he played for four other teams before he came back to Toronto and won 20.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 24, 2020 at 06:29 PM (#5978579)
Huckaby was promoted to manager at triple-A Buffalo this past off-season after spending the past couple of years as the organization’s catching coordinator, and ran the 2020 alternate training site in Rochester, N.Y., which shut down this week.
I wonder what he was evaluated on, and where he came up short.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: September 24, 2020 at 07:12 PM (#5978590)
Has the minors-majors agreement become official yet? That is, do the Jays (or any other team) actually "have" a AAA affiliate right now?
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 24, 2020 at 07:16 PM (#5978592)
Getting rid of Paul Quantrill and Pat Hentgen? I assume Tom Henke and Duane Ward are still on the payroll.
   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 24, 2020 at 07:47 PM (#5978599)
I’ll assume Huckaby won’t be sending his resume to the Marlins.
   6. Rally Posted: September 25, 2020 at 07:57 AM (#5978670)
Did not remember that Wells won 20 for the Jays. Actually his only 20 win season. He was part of the return on the Roger Clemens trade, and I remember him not being one bit happy about it - he really loved being a Yankee and they were right in the middle of multiple championships. After 2 years with the Jays, they traded him to the White Sox for Mike Sirotka, a few other minor players in the deal but those were the main pieces. Sirotka was a 15 game winner, had a better ERA than Wells in 2000, and was 8 years younger.

Usually that kind of trade works out in your favor (for the team getting the younger player), but Sirotka never threw another pitch in the big leagues, and after an injury shortened 2001 Wells went back to the Yankees, turns out he still had 4 strong seasons left in his arm.
   7. The Ghost is declaring victory Posted: September 25, 2020 at 05:14 PM (#5978800)

I’ll assume Huckaby won’t be sending his resume to the Marlins.


The poor guy will probably always be most known for that incident.

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