The Toronto Blue Jays managed to take yet another step back after news of John Gibbons‘ contract being guaranteed through 2015 crushed the dreams of any hopeful fan of the team and its immediate future in the dugout. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that Gibbon’s lackluster performance as manager thus far is now guaranteed to be paid through 2015 because he somehow managed to keep his job through to the new year.
After going 74-88 in his first season back as the Blue Jays manager, many thought, and hoped, that Gibbons would perhaps be done with the team or at the very least not see his contract extended. Instead, a quirky clause in his contract has now allowed him to be guaranteed money for at least the next two seasons no matter how poor of a job he does.
This isn’t very good news for the Jays as they needed to head into 2014 full steam ahead in order to to prove the naysayers wrong in regards to what type of team they really are. A star studded lineup along with a group of young and talented players can often be overshadowed by a manager who just seems to sit back and relax on a daily basis. Poor decisions from the dugout can also take away from how a team rallies around each other in search of a victory. In 2013, that seemed to be Gibbons’ way of handling things with one bad decision after another, especially when it came down to pitching changes.
The Blue Jays’ offseason can only be summed up in one way, and it is eerily similar to that of Gibbons’ managing style — lackluster. They haven’t bolstered their pitching rotation, they failed at improving at second base and they have now guaranteed money to a guy that is more concerned about the amount of chewing tobacco he has left in his pocket than he is of how his team is playing. The 2014 season could very well be another one to forget for a franchise and fanbase that is desperate for playoff baseball.