Character Assassinated

You know I like to keep track of the former Mets. The ones I like, and the ones I don’t. So this space is dedicated to one of the dearly departed. (Meaning he’s not a Met anymore … not that he died.) This update comes to us from the land of maple syrup and cheeseburger spring rolls, as it seems that R.A. Dickey might be pushed out of town by the Toronto Blue Jays. Now, if you...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays bring back much of coaching staff

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays are bringing back much of manager John Gibbons' coaching staff for next season. The Blue Jays said in a statement Monday that bench coach DeMarlo Hale, pitching coach Pete Walker, first base coach Tim Leiper and third base coach Luis Rivera are all coming back. The main departure is hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, who accepted the same job with...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Front Office, Part One: John Gibbons

John Gibbons absolutely deserves to be back in 2015 The most criticized figure that isn’t on the diamond, field, ice, or court is the coach or manager. They are always the first ones to be the scapegoat for a team’s failures or for the team’s success. In the case of the Toronto Blue Jays, their manager John Gibbons is no stranger to criticism. In the case of Gibbons who...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' future could hinge on team president Beeston's

The futures of Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and general manager Alex Anthopoulos are not in immediate question. But the team's entire dynamic could change if team president Paul Beeston departs -- a legitimate possibility, according to major-league sources. Beeston, 69, is in the final year of his contract. He is a strong supporter of Anthopoulos, sources say, and Anthopoulos...
Via Fox Sports
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays game preview

TV: SUN SPORTS TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M. Solid starting pitching has helped pace the Toronto Blue Jays' current surge. Hoping to be more efficient than his last outing, J.A. Happ looks to continue that trend as the Blue Jays seek a fifth consecutive victory Friday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto (76-69) starters have a 2.12 ERA while the club...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays game preview

TV: SUN SPORTS TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M. Solid starting pitching has helped pace the Toronto Blue Jays' current surge. Hoping to be more efficient than his last outing, J.A. Happ looks to continue that trend as the Blue Jays seek a fifth consecutive victory Friday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto (76-69) starters have a 2.12 ERA while the club...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB's instant replay will be magnified in postseason

John Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire. ''We try to go out there anytime it's close,'' the Toronto manager says. Same way across the majors: There have been more than 1,000 reviews so far in this new era of expanded replay - nearly half resulting in a reversal - and it's only August. Now get ready...
Via AP on Fox
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons Rips ‘Marked Man’ Jose Bautista For Ejection

It’s not often that a manager takes the umpire’s side in an argument involving one of his best players. However, that’s exactly what Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons did Sunday. Gibbons wasn’t very pleased when Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Welke in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Bautista, who took a borderline...
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was not happy with Jose Bautista getting himself ejected

The Toronto Blue Jays are making a final push to make it to the playoffs. So you know the pressure is probably very intense right now. Emotions and frustration boiled over after yesterday’s loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. In the sixth inning, Jose Bautista was ejected from the game for arguing about the strike zone. Well, this didn’t go over well with manager John Gibbons and...
Via No Guts, No Glory
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB managers on the hot seat

In the last few of months the landscape of Major League Baseball’s managerial dead pool has changed. As recently as a few months ago people were wondering if Mike Scioscia was done, as his high-priced Los Angeles Angels languished around .500. Then like the other Los Angeles team did last year, the Angels have caught fire and are on the verge of catching the Oakland A’s...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Blue Jays, A's part of the most confusing review yet

Alright folks, let’s watch this play in Oakland and try to unwrap what happened. With the bases loaded and one out in the second inning, Anthony Gose hit a grounder to first baseman Nate Freiman. Freiman attempted a swipe tag on Munenori Kawasaki, going from first to second, and missed, according to first base umpire Vic Carapazza. Freiman then threw home to catcher Stephen Vogt...
Via The Outside Corner
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds host slumping Blue Jays

The AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays should be thrilled to be in Cincinnati. But anywhere other than New York would be just fine. The Blue Jays are hoping a change of scenery can help them begin reversing a sluggish stretch Friday night in the opener of this three-game set with the Reds. Toronto (41-33) has dropped nine of 12 after being swept in a three-game set by the New York...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays sweep home and home series

It’s hard to believe, but the Toronto Blue Jays won all four games in a home and home series against the Philadelphia Phillies. “We’re hot right now,” said Jay’s manager, John Gibbons after the fourth game.  “Realistically, if you look at the lineup, there are some pretty good hitters in there.” The Jays won the first two games in Philadelphia, 3-0 and 6-5. Colby Rasmus...
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buehle’s record falls to 4-1

After a 8-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the first game, I thought that the Toronto Blue Jays were coming back  down to Earth.  After all, it was the team’s second straight loss. Mark Buehrle suffered his first loss against the Red Sox this past weekend. His record falls to 4-1 Jay’s starting pitcher, Mark Buehrle recorded his first loss of the 2014 season.  Buehrle gave...
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays outfielder Rasmsus leaves game with tight hamstring

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus left Sunday’s game after experiencing tightness in his hamstring. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the game that the injury was not serious. Gibbons does not expect this to be an issue going forward for Rasmus. On the season Rasmus is hitting .217 with three home runs and five RBI.
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Quit yer stallin' for relief pitchers

Although I am on the high side of my fifties, I am in large part still a kid inside. Baseball works very well for that. And when I yell at players on my television screen, I often yell in the voices of Bugs Bunny characters. If you don't believe me, ask my wife. Such an occasion occurred last night in the Blue Jays - Yankees game when Toronto manager, John Gibbons, clearly stalled...
Via The Flagrant Fan
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays-Twins Spring Training Game Features First-Ever Replay Challenge (Video)

The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team in Major League Baseball to test out the new expanded replay system Monday at Hammond Stadium. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons used his challenge in the sixth inning when Minnesota Twins right fielder Chris Rahl was ruled safe on a close call at first base. Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki’s throw appeared to beat Rahl, but umpires...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

First Use Of Replay In Jays-Twins Game Today

(FOX Sports)The new MLB Instant Replay system was used for the very first time today in a Spring Training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins. A safe call at first base was challenged by Blue Jays manager John Gibbons—on the grounds that his first baseman's foot came down on the bag before the runner's. Two umpires huddled with headphones on—linked...
Via FenwayNation
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

First MLB instant replay upheld during Twins-Blue Jays game

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- History took place Monday at Hammond Stadium as the first-ever challenge in Major League Baseball was made. Before MLB unveils its new replay and challenge system during the 2014 season, it will be given an extensive test run in spring training. That began Monday, and Hammond Stadium was one of a few parks to try it out. The first review came in the bottom of...
Via Fox Sports North
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons reacts to Roy Halladay's retirement

Orlando, FL -- Amidst the trade rumors, free agent signings and schmoozing that characterizes baseball’s annual Winter Meetings (taking place this year at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando), former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay announced his retirement at a press conference on Monday morning. The Blue Jays announced that the 36-year old two-time...
Via The Outside Corner
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays-White Sox Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays are guaranteed to finish at the bottom of the AL East for the first time since John Gibbons began his initial managerial stint with the team nine years ago. The Chicago White Sox have a slim chance to avoid finishing last for the first time in 29 seasons, and they'll send Jose Quintana to the mound against the visiting Blue Jays on Monday night in the makeup...
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Which MLB AL managers should and will be fired

Whether it is fair or not, many managers each season pay for the sins of their teams. Failed expectations, disasters or dashed dreams usually do the trick. Those dismissals usually happen during the season or directly after. The season has been quiet with only Charlie Manuel getting the ax. That was certainly a surprise, but understandable considering how listless the Phillies were...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Jays GM says Gibbons will return

John Gibbons won't pay the price for the Blue Jays' disappointing season, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday. Anthopoulos insisted that Gibbons will return as manager in 2014, even though the Blue Jays remain stuck in last place in the AL East with a 59-73 record. Asked about the possibility of replacing Gibbons, Anthopoulos said ''there's never been...
Via Fox Sports
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Gibbons: Cabrera 'served his time'

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons believes outfielder Melky Cabrera served his suspension and won't be penalized by Major League Baseball for his ties to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Gibbons said Monday in Oakland he isn't making contingency plans in the case that Cabrera receives another suspension. ''We don't think...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays-Orioles Preview

Stuck in last place in the AL East, manager John Gibbons expressed concern following the Toronto Blue Jays' latest loss. He knows things aren't about to get any easier with a visit to Camden Yards. The Blue Jays try to get back on track Friday night when they open a three-game set against Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles. After posting 11 consecutive victories, Toronto...
Via AP on Fox
July 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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