Blue Jays to hire Johnson as bullpen coach

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (Steve Nesius/AP)

SAN DIEGO – Dane Johnson will be the next bullpen coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, rounding out manager John Gibbons’ coaching staff, according to multiple sources.

Johnson, the club’s minor-league pitching co-ordinator, takes over from Bob Stanley, who was reassigned to serve as pitching coach at double-A New Hampshire.

The 51-year-old was drafted in the second round of the 1984 draft by the Blue Jays and pitched in 10 games for them in 1996. He’s been a coach in the Blue Jays system since 2000 and was promoted to roving pitching instructor in 2004.

In 2010, the Blue Jays gave him their Bobby Mattick Award for his work in player development.

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