The 51-year-old Johnson takes over for Bob Stanley, whose contract was not renewed at the end of the 2014 season. Stanley has since been re-assigned in Toronto's organization. Johnson played professionally for 13 years and spent three of those in the Major Leagues.
Toronto hired Owens to serve as an assistant hitting coach. It's a position that did not previously exist, but adding a second coach is becoming more common throughout the league. The Blue Jays did have a pair of hitting coaches in 2013 with Chad Mottola and Dwayne Murphy, but Murphy served as the first-base coach as well.
Owens will work alongside recently appointed hitting coach Brook Jacoby. Owens spent the past four years as the Minor League hitting coordinator with the Dodgers. He's a veteran of nine Major League seasons with the Reds, Brewers, Padres, Marlins and Angels from 1995-2003.
Toronto also announced on Friday that Sal Fasano will take over as the Minor League pitching coordinator, Darold Knowles has been hired as a rehabilitation pitching coach and Rick Langford will serve as a senior pitching advisor.
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