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Blue Jays announce 2013 coaching staff

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The Toronto Blue Jays announced the following appointments to their Minor League Field staffs for the 2013 season. Managers Marty Brown, John Tamargo Jr., Clayton McCullough, Dennis Holmberg and John Schneider will return to their respective positions in Buffalo, Lansing, Vancouver, Bluefield and Gulf Coast Blue Jays. Joining the organizations as managers will be Gary Allenson who will take over as manager at New Hampshire (AA) and Bobby Meacham who assumes the post in Dunedin (A). The club is also pleased to announce the additions of Tim Leiper (Senior Advisor), Tim Raines (outfield and baserunning coordinator), Mike Barnett (hitting coordinator), Richie Hebner (hitting coach, New Hampshire) and Stubby Clapp (hitting coach, Dunedin).

Dennis Holmberg, will be back for the third year as manager for the Bluefield Blue Jays. Entering his 35th year with the Toronto organization, he looks to make an 11th trip to the playoffs and back in the finals which they were in 2011. The 60-year-old has been a manger or coach in the Blue Jays system since 1978 season and in 23 seasons as the manager, has posted a 1307-1221 record, making 10 playoff appearances, including a NY-Penn League Championship with Auburn in 2007.

Joining Holmberg in Bluefield will be Antonio Caceres who returns for his third year as the pitching coach and his 14th year in the organization. He signed with the Blue Jays in 1995 and pitched for four seasons in their minor league system. Prior to coming to Bluefield, Caceres was the pitching coach for Midwest Leagues Lansing Lugnuts, and Auburn Doubledays.

The Bluefield Blue Jays hitting coach has yet to be determined but we welcome Julian Varela as the new team trainer.

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