If you recall in 2006 during Toronto Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons’ last tenure with the team, he had a much-publicized heated exchange with Shea Hillenbrand. The dispute was over comments Hillenbrand penned on the Blue Jays clubhouse board. This is a sinking ship were the choice words authored by the disgruntled player that led to his exile out of Toronto.
Well, fast forward to 2013 and John Gibbons has returned and once again it appears that the Blue Jays ship is sinking. The Jays players have welcomed Gibbons back to the majors with an abysmal 10-21 start to the season almost sealing their fate before April.
The Jays rank last in team batting average in the majors with a pathetic team average of .226, good for five points lower than the Chicago White Sox. They are averaging only 3.53 runs a game second lowest in the league barely ahead of the Seattle Mariners. Their run differential is 55 and the team is showing no signs of rescuing their season anytime soon.
The Blue Jays have lost 14 of their last 18 contests and sit only one win better than the Miami Marlins, the team who they sent a plethora of prospects to in the off-season in hopes of contending.
It is no fault of John Gibbons that his players are not performing anywhere near their talent level or expectations but unfortunately, the Manager more times than not feels the brunt of a lack-luster team.
So once again it appears this ship is sinking and John Gibbons may be without a life vest.