Mordecai aboard as roving infield coach

Mordecai aboard as roving infield coach

Former big league infielder Mike Mordecai is back in professional baseball.

The Blue Jays announced on Thursday that they've hired the 41-year-old, who spent 12 seasons in the big leagues, as their roving Minor League infield instructor.

The past four seasons, Mordecai has been coaching high school ball at Houston Academy in Dothan, Ala. In 2005, he managed the Marlins' short-season Class A Jamestown Jammers.

As a player, Mordecai was widely considered as someone who could eventually manage in the big leagues. He played college ball at the University of South Alabama, and he broke in with the Braves in 1994. Although he coached at the Minor League level in 2005, he was added to the Marlins roster in September of that year and played in two games. He retired after the 2005 season.

Mordecai was part of two World Series championship teams -- the Braves (1995) and Marlins (2003).

With Toronto, Mordecai will assist each of the organization's Minor League clubs with the development of their infielders.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.