While naming former Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell their new manager earlier today, the Toronto Blue Jays also announced that third base and infield coach Brian Butterfield will return to the club and work on Farrell's coaching staff.
That's significant to the Orioles because Butterfield was one of the candidates for Buck Showalter's 2011 coaching staff.
Showalter and Butterfield, one of the most respected infield coaches in the game, were minor league teammates with Nashville in 1982, and they remain close friends. Butterfield was Showalter's first base coach with the Yankees from 1994 to 1995 and followed him to the Diamondbacks organization as a minor league manager and infield instructor before becoming Arizona's third base coach from 1998 to 2000.
Showalter started with a rather long list of coaching candidates, and I'm sure he won't have to change course too much with news of Butterfield's return to Toronto.
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