Toronto Blue Jays: Does Chad Mottola’s Firing Get John Gibbons Off the Hook?
Many different people in the Toronto Blue Jays organization have taken the blame when it comes to their forgettable 2013 season, but perhaps the person that has received the least amount of blame is the one that deserves it the most.
As of right now, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons appears to still have a job with the team and as the days go by, it looks as though he will once again be at the helm of the dugout in 2014. This will prove to be a cause for concern, especially since Blue Jays fans everywhere were expecting or at least thought Gibbons should be removed from his duties after giving what seemed to be a lackluster performance in regards to motivating his club on a daily basis.
When the team announced that hitting coach Chad Mottola would no longer work for the Blue Jays organization, there was a glimmer of hope for many that Gibbons may be joining him on his way out. It was not the case. GM Alex Anthopoulos continues to defend his decision from a year ago in hiring a manager that was previously let go from the same position on the same team just five years earlier.
Gibbons got away with a lot during his first season back as Blue Jays manager. He was involved with numerous amounts of questionable calls in regards to pitching changes, defensive strategies, along with showing a severe lack of enthusiasm for his team and the game day in and day out. With a team full of animated individuals such as Jose Reyes and Brett Lawrie, the manager needs to have a strong personality himself.
According to John Lott of the National Post, Mottola was caught off guard by the firing, which leads me to believe that he also knew that there was someone else to blame for the quality of baseball that was played in Toronto this year. By firing Mottola and keeping Gibbons, Anthopoulos has once again tried his best to justify his controversial decision of giving Gibbons a second chance.
Instead of relieving him of his duties, he has relieved him of any blame that was rightfully his to take as soon as the season ended. If Gibbons fails again, Anthopoulos could find himself in a lot of hot water.