Blue Jays hire Brook Jacoby

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(ISN) – The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have named former Major Leaguer BROOK JACOBY as Hitting Coach, joining John Gibbons’ staff for the 2015 season.

JACOBY, 54, held the position of Hitting Coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 2007-13 and most recently was the Minor League Assistant Hitting Coordinator in the Texas Rangers system last season. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native has been coaching since 2000 for the Reds (2000-02, 2007-13) and Rangers organization (2003-06, 2014) in various hitting coach capacities.

Selected in the 7th round of the 1979 June draft, Jacoby played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, highlighted by two All-Star appearances in 1986 and 1990. A career .270 hitter, the former third basemen posted double-digit home runs five times, with a career-high 32 in 1987, a season in which he also recorded a career-high .300 batting average. Of his 1311 career games, Jacoby played all but 71 in a Cleveland Indians uniform.

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