Blue Jays Poach Yankees Legend For Coaching Role

Tyler Maher
The Toronto Blue Jays have hired a former New York Yankees legend to be their new bench coach.
The Toronto Blue Jays have hired a former New York Yankees legend to be their new bench coach. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Toronto Blue Jays have a new bench coach, and it's a name that baseball fans are probably pretty familiar with.

The Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that they have hired former New York Yankees legend Don Mattingly to be their new bench coach.

Don Mattingly Blue Jays

Mattingly, 61, will work alongside Toronto manager John Schneider in his new role.

The 1985 AL MVP spent his entire 14-year career with the Yankees from 1982-1995. He was one of the best first basemen in baseball during that time, making six All-Star teams and winning nine Gold Gloves.

Younger baseball fans know Donnie Baseball more for his work in the dugout than at first base. Before accepting the Blue Jays job, Mattingly managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2011-2015 and the Miami Marlins from 2016-2022.

Now that he's approaching retirement age, Mattingly's new role enables him to stay heavily involved in the game without having to deal with the rigors and daily grind of managing. He also gets to join a winning organization after toiling for years on losing Marlins teams.

Mattingly has never won a World Series as a player or coach, but perhaps he'll finally earn a ring with Toronto. The Blue Jays are currently tied for the sixth-best World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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