Blue Jays part ways with pair of minor-league managers


Buffalo Bisons manager Bobby Meacham standing in the dugout. (Nathan Denette/CP)

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays and triple-A Buffalo manager Bobby Meacham have decided to split, while the club has parted ways with double-A New Hampshire pitching coach Vince Horsman, according to multiple industry sources.

Their departures along with that of Fisher Cats manager Mike Mordecai, who leaves to become the head baseball coach at Northside Methodist Academy, are the most notable among a handful of changes across the farm system.

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All three are long-time members of the organization who have contributed to the growth and development of countless players.

Lansing Lugnuts hitting coach Logan Bone and GCL pitching coach Mark Worrell are also moving on to pursue other opportunities, while player development video co-ordinator Ryan Monsevalles is off to the University of Texas to serve as director of player personnel and analytics.

Meacham has been in charge of the Bisons the past three years as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Danny Jansen, Teoscar Hernandez, Reese McGuire, Rowdy Tellez and Billy McKinney, among others, have passed through en route to the majors.

He joined the organization in 2014 as the manager at New Hampshire, earning the now defunct Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development in 2015. The Bisons finished 71-69 this season despite running through 49 different pitchers.

Horsman, a Halifax native who appeared in four games with the Blue Jays, just finished his 13th year in the system and fourth with the Fisher Cats, helping dozens of pitchers climb the organizational ladder along the way.

He first joined the Blue Jays in 2006 as the pitching coach at rookie-ball Pulaski before heading to the organization’s Gulf Coast League entry and later low-A Lansing from 2012-15, before he was moved up to New Hampshire in 2016.

Mordecai originally joined the Blue Jays in 2010 as the minor-league infield co-ordinator and was in his first season managing the Fisher Cats. They finished 70-69 and featured position players prospects like Kevin Smith, Riley Adams, Forrest Wall, Logan Warmoth along with pitchers Nate Pearson (who finished the season at Buffalo), T.J. Zeuch (who made his big-league debut Tuesday), Yennsy Diaz, Patrick Murphy and Hector Perez.

In 2018, Mordecai served as the quality control coach for the Blue Jays under former manager John Gibbons.

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