After firing hitting coach Chad Mattola and first base coach Dwayne Murphy this past week, the Toronto Blue Jays are once again making an attempt to revamp their look from the bench. The team now finds itself in a position where they can potentially bring in some very influential figures to help John Gibbons, if his job survives, in 2014. The timing for such a move couldn’t be better for many Blue Jays alumni that are looking for a job in baseball. But for one alumni in particular, it would work out perfectly.
Former Blue Jay, Carlos Delgado, not only proved he knows a thing or two about hitting during his 17-year MLB career, but he has also managed to rack up at least a little bit of time spreading that wisdom to others as well. Plain and simple, that’s exactly why Delgado should at the very least be a candidate for the newly vacant hitting coach position in Toronto. He could be that good at the job and make a difference right away.
Delgado got his feet wet in the position when he joined the coaching staff of 2013 World Baseball Classic runner-up, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico made it to the final game against the Dominican Republic, a team that was full of talent from the 2013 Blue Jays roster. Not only did he get the to chance to work with players that were already playing on a professional level, but those players also had a lot of respect for their fellow countryman and a great vibe on the bench was instantly created .The Blue Jays are in need of such a presence due to the lack of enthusiasm that comes from Manager John Gibbons.
Delgado already has a solid relationship with the organization as he was just recently inducted to the club’s Level of Excellence this past season and is also very familiar with the team’s lineup. Delgado played alongside Jose Reyes when the New York Mets made a run to the 2006 NLCS. He also fits right in with former teammate and now team advisor, Roberto Alomar, as well as former teammate and now bullpen coach, Pat Hentgen.
The Blue Jays clearly don’t mind negotiating contracts with their alumni for coaching positions. Delgado may be the dark horse in regards to winning the job, but when breaking down the situation, although he has little experience with the job itself, his ability to make an immediate impact overshadows that lack of coaching time. Delgado is the most logical choice for the available Blue Jays hitting coach position.