With a severe lack of depth when it comes down to his ball club’s starting pitching, John Gibbons will be forced to try his best at out-managing his American League East counterparts in order to see his team play baseball well into October. This will prove to be more than tough for the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, as his resume doesn’t stand a chance against those that will be managing against him for most of the season.
Four out of the five managers in the AL East all come from great baseball backgrounds and have the credentials to prove it. Gibbons on the other hand, hasn’t accomplished much during his six-season managerial career, with the exception of figuring out how to get rehired by the Jays in 2013 after being let go by the same team back in 2008. Gibbons’ overall managerial record through six seasons with the Jays of 379-393 is the only record of any current AL East manager that is below the .500 mark. John Farrell, Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon and Buck Showalter all have winnings records that have managed to help their clubs reach post season play and beyond. Gibbons will have his work cut out for him if he wants to try and surpass these four very impressive individuals.
It seems as though every other team in the very difficult division of the AL East has the luxury of being managed by a baseball guru that takes care of business with their own sense of style and demeanor. The Blue Jays however, have to rely on a bench boss that is still more unsure of himself than he is of his incomplete pitching rotation. If the Jays are going to make it anywhere worth while in 2014, Gibbons is going to have to step up his game so he can be even remotely close to being able to be mentioned in the same sentence as any one of his AL East counterparts.