Blue Jays announce Mike Mordecai as quality control coach

Ryan Goins right, talks with instructor Mike Mordecai, centre. (Nathan Denette/CP)

TORONTO – Mike Mordecai is the new quality control coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, completing manager John Gibbons’ staff for the 2018 season, the club announced Wednesday.

The 50-year-old former infielder replaces Derek Shelton, who left in November to become bench coach for the Minnesota Twins. Shelton served in an all-encompassing role, working with hitters, pitchers, coaches and the front office as the first quality control coach the Blue Jays have had.

Mordecai first joined the Blue Jays in 2010 as their minor-league infield co-ordinator and was promoted to co-ordinator of instruction in 2015 and again to assistant field co-ordinator last year.

This will be his first work back in the big leagues since a 12-year career in the majors with Atlanta, Montreal and the Marlins ended in 2005.

The rest of Gibbons’ staff returns intact: bench coach DeMarlo Hale, pitching coach Pete Walker, bullpen coach Dane Johnson, hitting coach Brook Jacoby, first base coach Tim Leiper and third base coach Luis Rivera.

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