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Former major league Mike Mordecai was announced on Thursday as the Fisher Cats’ new manager.

Former major leaguer: New Hampshire will be his first managerial job since 2005.

In terms of managerial experience, there’s a wide gap in Mike Mordecai’s resume.

The Toronto Blue Jays announced Thursday that Mordecai, who played for three teams during a 12-year major-league career, would manage the New Hampshire Fisher Cats during the 2019 season. It will be the first time he’s managed professionally since 2005, when he guided the New York-Penn League’s Jamestown Jammers.

He replaces John Schneider, who led the Fisher Cats to the Eastern League championship last season and then accepted a coaching job on Charlie Montoyo’s staff in Toronto.

Why return to managing now?

“Basically I would like an opportunity to manage at the major league level,” Mordecai explained. “To get to that position there are many different routes. I’ve worn many different hats. John Schneider is a great guy, but his background is very different from mine.

“To get in that third base coach’s box … I saw it as an opportunity to advance my career.”

Mordecai, 51, was in infielder for the Braves (1994-1997), Expos (1998-2002) and Marlins (2002-2005), and won the World Series with Atlanta in 1995 and Florida in 2003. He has worked in the Blue Jays’ organization since 2010 in a variety of roles, including the minor league infield coordinator, coordinator of instruction and assistant field coordinator. He joined the major league ranks as Toronto’s quality control coach under former manager John Gibbons last season.

Mordecai is the 10th manager in Fisher Cats history.

“I was in Toronto last year and when they changed the major-league staff I spoke with Ross (Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins) and expressed a desire to stay with the organization,” Mordecai said. “I’m here to help players. I want to do what’s best for the organization. I’m relaxed, but there are expectations.”

Another former major league infielder, Donnie Murphy, will join the Fisher Cats as hitting coach this season. Murphy, 35, served as the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts’ hitting coach from 2016-2017, and moved up to Advanced-A Dunedin in the same role last year. … Pitching coach Vince Horsman will return for his fourth year in New Hampshire, and Andy Fermin will return to the Fisher Cats for his third season as the position-player coach. … Strength and conditioning coach Ryan Maedel and dietitian Lauren Poole will return for a second year in New Hampshire, and trainer Caleb Daniel moves up to Double-A for the first time, following a season in Lansing. … The Fisher Cats will open the 2019 season on April 4 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets). … Toronto also announced Thursday that former Fisher Cats manager Bobby Meacham will return for a third season as manager of Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.

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