Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/10/12

Manager John Farrell has suggested that the Toronto Blue Jays could have two hitting coaches next season.

Chad Mottola, who has been the hitting coach at Class AAA Las Vegas for the past three seasons and works with the major league hitters in spring training, was called up to Toronto for September as an added coach.

If Mottola did join the major league team next year, he would work with Dwayne Murphy, who has done an excellent job as the hitting coach for the past few years.

Before the Blue Jays had their lineup depleted by injuries to key players in July, they were near the top of the league in runs scored.

"We've talked about it internally," Farrell said. "We've talked about how the structure would work. The fact, if this were to play out, the people involved have a rapport, they have a relationship already from the major leagues to the (Class AAA) staff, spring training and the familiarity with one another. That's paramount, because the message can't be conflicting and yet everybody has individual strengths and in some cases, they complement one another."

Other teams employ two hitting instructors, and it might make sense for a team such as the Blue Jays, who figure to be using some young players from the system next season. Injuries to other players forced some of them to be called up sooner than expected. Mottola is familiar with these young hitters, having worked with them at Las Vegas.

"You've got 13 position players normally (sometimes 12 when the Blue Jays go to 13 pitchers) for one guy, and granted there's a lot of cross conversation with other coaches, myself, things that we're seeing with Murph about individual players," Farrell said. "And yet that job is never done, because while two or three guys may be going well, there's two or three others that are probably not going well. That's just how things flow, as we've seen. By comparison, on the pitching side, you've got the bullpen coach and the pitching coach you can work in tandem.

"Certain guys will hear the same message as described by two different people, and it may click because of the way one person says it toward the other. This isn't to be pointing the finger at anyone saying they're not doing well, it's how do you provide the best resources for players to be consistent?"

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