For all the new faces sure to be around the new-look Blue Jays in 2013, the team’s manager won’t be one of them.
Toronto has hired John Gibbons as the team’s skipper, according to the team, marking his second go-round in the dugout for the Jays. He previously managed the team from 2004 to 2008, going 305-305 over that time for a .500 winning percentage.
Blue Jays general manger Alex Anthopoulos was a fan of the way that Gibbons managed his bullpen and used in-game strategy, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Toronto Sun notes that Anthopoulos and Gibbons were close while Gibbons was managing the team and Anthopoulos was assistant GM. The 50-year-old Gibbons served as a bench coach for the Royals from 2009 to 2011, and managed the Padres’ Double-A affiliate last season.
The Blue Jays are replacing John Farrell as their manager after they traded him to the Red Sox to fill the same position in Boston.