Jays name Walker bullpen coach, Hentgen steps down

The Toronto Blue Jays promoted Pete Walker to bullpen coach Monday to replace Pat Hentgen, who stepped down from the post for family reasons.
Pete Walker served as the pitching coach for double-A New Hampshire last season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays promoted Pete Walker to bullpen coach Monday to replace Pat Hentgen, who stepped down from the post for family reasons.

Hentgen, a former Cy Young award winner with Toronto, will remain with the organization as a special assistant.

Last season, the 42-year-old Walker served as the pitching coach for double-A New Hampshire, which won the Eastern League title.

Walker played for five teams over eight major-league seasons, including two stints with Toronto (2002-'03, 2005-'06). The right-handed reliever posted a 20-14 record and 4.48 earned-run average in 144 career games.