John Gibbons described it as a "shock" that "came out of nowhere." That sounds about right.
Meet the new Toronto Blue Jays manager, same as the old Blue Jays manager: Gibbons, cashiered midway through the 2008 season with a 305-305 career record, is back again. The Toronto vacancy had been the subject of intense speculation over the past several weeks. Almost none of it included Gibbons' name.
But now that he's returned to the big dome by the lake, the move makes sense.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said he wanted someone with major-league managerial experience. Gibbons, 50, has that. He maintained a .500 winning percentage with the Blue Jays from 2004 through 2008, during an era in which the Red Sox and Yankees were more formidable than they are today.
The Jays also needed a forceful personality to keep the clubhouse in order, particularly after the blockbuster trade with Miami and controversial signing of Melky Cabrera. Gibbons has that...