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11/07/11 2:58 PM EST

Blue Jays name Pete Walker to Major League coaching staff

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have promoted PETE WALKER to the position of Bullpen Coach with the Major League club after PAT HENTGEN, for family reasons, will step down from the coaching staff and assume the position of Special Assistant to the Organization.

WALKER, 42, began his coaching career in 2009 with the Blue Jays organization as the Pitching Coach for rehabilitating pitchers for two seasons. In 2011 he served as the Pitching Coach for the 2011 Eastern League Champion New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA). The Beverly, Massachusetts native pitched parts of eight seasons in Major League Baseball posting a 20-14 record with a 4.48 ERA in 144 games, 31 starts. WALKER had 124 of his 144 games come as a member of the Blue Jays, including all 31 starts. In his four seasons with Toronto (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006) the right-handed pitcher posted a 19-14 record with four saves and a 4.32 ERA.

WALKER will join Pitching Coach Bruce Walton, Bench Coach Don Wakamatsu, Hitting Coach Dwayne Murphy, Third Base Coach Brian Butterfield and First Base Coach Torey Lovullo on Manager John Farrell's staff in 2012.

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