The Toronto Blue Jays finalized their minor-league coaching assignments Thursday and a big name from their back-to-back World Series champions will be joining the Buffalo Bisons in 2017.
Longtime major-league center fielder Devon White has been named hitting coach for the Herd under new manager Bobby Meacham, White's first coaching assignment in the Toronto system. His last stint was as the minor-league baserunning coordinator for the Chicago White Sox in 2011-2012.
In recent years, White has been involved with the Jays Care Foundation, teaching the game to youngsters in the annual Blue Jays Baseball Academy, as well as his own Devon White Baseball Academy.
White spent five of his 17 MLB seasons with the Blue Jays, winning a Gold Glove in each of his five years, making the All-Star Game in 1993 and helping the team to Series championships in 1992-93. He had back-to-back seasons of 17 homers and 60 RBIs with the Jays in 1991-92 and had three straight seasons of 30+ stolen bases from 1991-93.
White is best known for his spectacular catch against the center-field fence of then-SkyDome in Game Three of the 1992 World Series between the Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves. White jumped against the fence to make the grab and relayed it to the infield, where the Blue Jays doubled a runner off and an umpire missed Kelly Gruber's tag on Deion Sanders -- which would have given Toronto the first triple play in Series play since 1920.
It was the first Series game ever played in Canada and the Jays went on to win it, 3-2. They won the series, four games to two. You can re-live White's catch here.
White totaled 1,934 hits, 208 home runs, 846 RBIs and 346 stolen bases for six teams and also won a World Series for the 1997 Florida Marlins.
The Blue Jays also announced that longtime Boston pitcher Bob Stanley will return for his third season as Buffalo pitching coach after serving in 2013 and 2016. Aaron Matthews will join Buffalo as a position coach after serving as the hitting coach for the rookie-level Bluefield (W. Va.) of the Appalachian League.
Gary Allenson, who managed the Bisons the last three years, will manage in 2017 at Double-A New Hampshire. The Jays also announced the promotion of Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Eric Wedge to field coordinator following his inaugural season with the club as a minor-league advisor. Wedge managed the Herd in 2001 and 2002 and was named American League Manager of the Year with Cleveland in 2007.