John Gibbons to return as Blue Jays manager next season
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will return in the 2014 season despite a disappointing season this year.
According to MLB.com, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos spoke to the media before Tuesday’s game and assured Gibbons job status for next season.
“John is our manager, and we expect him to be. But I understand what the response is. When you’re not playing well as a team, these are the things that happen. You talk about the GM, the manager, you talk about the players … people want a reason, and changes usually come when players aren’t playing well and teams aren’t performing. I think that comes with the territory,” said Anthopoulos.
According to CBS Sports, Gibbons was the manager for the Blue Jays from 2004 to 2008 and went had a record of 305-305. He has lead the Blue Jays to a 59-73 record this time. That’s considered a disappointment in a year after they made big acquisitions in the offseason.
Over the offseason, the Blue Jays made a blockbuster trade acquiring Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle, Josh Johnson and Emilio Bonafacio from the Miami Marlins and then traded for last year’s NL Cy Young winner, R.A Dickey.
The trades did not impact the Blue Jays, who became the favorites during the Hot Stove season. They were out of contention for the playoffs by the All-Star break.