Casey Candaele named manager of Toronto Blue Jays’ top farm club

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TORONTO — Former Montreal Expos utility player Casey Candaele is the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top minor-league affiliate.

The Blue Jays named Candaele the manager of the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Monday.

Candaele began a nine-year major-league playing career with the Expos in 1986.

Candaele managed lower-level Blue Jays minor league teams in Dunedin, Fla., and Vancouver in 2018 and ’19 before earning the promotion to Buffalo.

Candaele replaces Ken Huckaby, who was named Buffalo’s manager for the 2020 but never worked a game as the minor-league season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Blue Jays minor-league managers this year will be Cesar Martin (double-A New Hampshire), Donnie Murphy (high-A Vancouver), Luis Hurtado (low-A Dunedin), Brent Lavallee (Gulf Coast), and Dane Fujinaka (Dominican Summer League).