The Toronto Blue Jays have made a plethora of moves so far during this off-season to upgrade their roster and now to manage that roster the Jays have hopped in their Delorean and gone back to the future with their hiring of John Gibbons.
Gibbons managed the Blue Jays for five seasons from 2004-2008 before being fire in late June 2008 and replaced by another repeat manager in Toronto, Cito Gaston. During his five tenure at the helm in Toronto, Gibbons compiled a 305-305 record making him the third winningest manager in the organization’s history which was highlighted by the team’s second place finish in the American League East with an 87-75 record in 2006. That season marked the Blue Jays best finish since the 1993 season when they won their second consecutive World Series.
During the news conference to announce the decision Gibbons said, “I never would have guessed that this could happen. who wouldn’t want to be here. The front office has put together a contending type team.
The Blue Jays allowed their former manager John Farrell to head to the Boston Red Sox along with relief pitcher David Carpenter in exchange for shortstop Mike Aviles last month.
Now that Blue Jays have hired who they feel is the right man for the job it will time for Gibbons to get this new roster together and acclimated with one another as much will be expected of them this season with their enormous payroll.