Many didn’t see it coming, but the Toronto Blue Jays have come to a decision about the manager position left open by John Farrell. Farrell took the job with the Red Sox after the firing of Bobby Valentine.
General Manager, Alex Anthopoulous, began the search for a new manager in late October, but wasn’t in a real hurry according to SI.com, saying:
“You can’t hurry the process or rush the process.”
There was plenty of speculation about who would take the Toronto managing job, including speculation about some first time managers.
John Gibbons was the manager for the Blue Jays for parts of five seasons from 2004 to 2008. He has received a two year contract, but the financial implications of the contract were not disclosed. Gibbons’ contract was put in place days before the 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins and the signing of Melky Cabrera was announced.
Only time will tell if the upcoming season bid well for Gibbons and the Blue Jays. While he was manager in 2006 similar deals and trades took place in the off-season, and although the season went well totaling 87 wins, it was only good enough for second place in the AL East.
-Katherine Warren (Sports-Kings contributor)
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