Blue Jays Announce 2007 Minor League Staff

The Toronto Blue Jays announce the following postings in their Minor League system for the upcoming 2007 season.

Doug Davis has been promoted to the position of Manager for the Syracuse (AAA) SkyChiefs of the International League. Al Leboeuf has been hired as Hitting Coach for Syracuse. Ken Joyce has been promoted to the position of Hitting Coach for New Hampshire (AA) of the Eastern League. Gary Cathcart is promoted to the position of Manager for the Lansing Lugnuts (A) of the Midwest League. Mike Basso receives a promotion to the position of Coordinator, Instruction, while Dwayne Murphy assumes duties as Roving Hitting Instructor. Bob Tarpey is promoted to full-time Trainer with Lansing. Joanna Nelson has accepted the position of Coordinator, Minor League Administration, and Voon Chong has been promoted to Assistant Minor League Coordinator, while continuing as Trainer for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Davis, 44, spent last season as the Manager for New Hampshire (AA) in the Eastern League after a three year stint with the Marlins. The Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania resident was the Bench Coach for the Marlins in 2002, and the World Series Championship season of 2003.

Leboeuf, spent last season with the Royals as hitting coach with Wichita (AA), after five seasons as a hitting coach in the Mets system. The Palm Harbor, Florida resident began coaching in 1989 season spending the next 11 seasons in the Phillies organization.

Joyce, 42, takes over as the Hitting Coach for New Hampshire (AA) after spending last season as Manager (A) at Lansing. The Portland Maine resident has been with the Blue Jays since the 2002 season, starting as a coach with Medicine Hat (Rookie League). He accepted a coaching position with New Haven (AA) of the Eastern League in 2003, before managing Charleston (A) of the South Atlantic League in 2004.

Cathcart, 44, was a coach for the New Hampshire (AA) affiliate with the Blue Jays in 2006. The New Bedford, Massachusetts resident will manage the (A) Lansing Lugnuts, his 2nd managerial appointment in his career. He previously managed the Blue Jays Pulaski club (Rookie League) in 2004. Cathcart has been coaching since 1999.

Basso, 42, spent last season as the manager of the Syracuse SkyChiefs (AAA) of the International League. The Pearland, Texas resident has been coaching since 1995, and has been a part of the Blue Jay family since 2003, managing at all three levels, winning a second half title with Dunedin (A), and a division crown with New Hampshire (AA).

Murphy, 51, made his coaching debut in 1996 following a stellar 12-year playing career, primarily with Oakland. The Chandler, Arizona resident was a coach with (AAA) Syracuse in 2005, and will assume the role of Roving hitting Instructor in 2007. Murphy was previously a hitting coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2001-03.

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