The Toronto Blue Jays surprisingly announced the return of former manager John Gibbons (2004-2008) after talk had former MLB managers Manny Acta and Mike Hargrove as favorites. I threw my two cents in yesterday when I suggested Jim Riggleman, who apparently never got a call.
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Since 1961, 30 managers have managed the same team on more than one occasion. Among the ten who won World Series managing that team, only Pittsburgh’s Danny Murtaugh (1960, 1971) won World Series titles in two or both of his stints. In fact, only Atlanta’s Bobby Cox (1995) and Oakland’s Alvin Dark (1974) won World Series during their second tenure. In fact, it makes sense that the remaining seven teams brought back their skipper because of the fact they won them a World Series. Cito Gaston won two WS in Toronto in 1992-1993, left after the 1997 season and returned from 2008-2010. Earl Weaver had a great run with Baltimore from 1968-1982, winning the W