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Wakamatsu heads to Blue Jays

Former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu will become the Toronto Blue Jays' new bench coach, according to multiple reports.

Wakamatsu, 47, was considered a leading candidate to fill the same role under Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Wakamatsu was Showalter’s bench coach for the Texas Rangers from 2003 to 2006.The former catcher, who played 18 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1991, will join new manager John Farrell in Toronto. He was scheduled to meet with the New York Mets on Wednesday about their managerial opening.

The Mariners fired Wakamatsu in August. Seattle had a 127-147 (.464) record in his season-plus as manager.

Former Orioles starting pitcher Pat Hentgen will also become the Blue Jays' new bullpen coach, reports said. Hentgen had previously been serving in the team's front office.

Hentgen, who won the American League Cy Young Award with Toronto in 1996, went 9-15 with a 4.26 ERA in 41 games (35 starts) for the Orioles from 2001 to 2003.

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