John Gibbons spent four and a half seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2004-2008, recording 305 wins and 304 losses and at one point leading the team to a second place finish in the 2006 season with a record of 87-75. A good history with Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has landed Gibbons back in the Blue Jays’ managerial seat.
Gibbons will begin his second tenure with the Blue Jays after being replaced by Cito Gaston in 2008 and serving as a bench coach with the Kansas City Royals and as a manager with the San Diego Padres‘ Double-A affiliate. Gibbons beat out Don Wakamatsu, Manny Acta and Jim Tracy for the job. The Blue Jays also reportedly contacted Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox for the job but the 71-year-old turned the offer down.
The Blue Jays will be the talk of the American League East this season after the blockbuster it pulled off last week, acquiring significant pieces in Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes to help them win a championship and to show that they are relevant in the division that is usually dominated by the New York Yankees.
During the time with the tam, Gibbons came under fire after confrontations with players. When Shea Hillenbrand inexplicably wrote “the ship is sinking” on the display board in the Blue Jays clubhouse, Gibbons confronted him behind closed door and was dealt three days later. When Ted Lilly refused to come out of a game and almost blew and 8-0 lead, it led to Gibbons and Lilly confronting each other in the clubhouse tunnel.
Gibbons is not going to let shenanigans happen in his clubhouse. Toronto has found the right person to corral the personalities in the Jays’ clubhouse.
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