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
5 days ago  |  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
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista dealing with hamstring strain

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is dealing with a mild left hamstring strain. Bautista, 33, left Sunday’s game early but should be ready to return to the field in a matter of days according to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. #BlueJays manager John Gibbons says Jose Bautista has mild hamstring strain, will miss "hopefully just a couple of days" — Shi Davidi...
June 23, 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

Blue Jays blank Baltimore to snap skid

Before Friday’s game, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was preaching patience for his club, whose once overflowing offence had dried to barely a trickle the last week. These Jays, the league leaders in runs scored just a few days ago, were too good to stay cold for long, he said. “You just got to ride it out, it’s just the way the game is,” Gibbons said. “I don’t care...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Jays should deal Colby Rasmus

It’s become a bit of a running joke. Before every game, a horde of reporters make their way into the office of Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and ask him about the status of injured outfielder Colby Rasmus, who has been out since May 13 with a right hamstring injury. Up until Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park in Detroit, Gibbons would laugh and pretend that he had no idea how...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

AL East-leading Blue Jays complete sweep of Athletics

When you’re hot, you stay hot. And the Blue Jays are hot right now. They’ve been sizzling — a winning combination of pitching, offence, base-running and defence — for two weeks. And it has brought results to fans that haven’t been seen at the ballpark in quite some time. And after sweeping the West Division-leading Oakland A’s with a 3-1 win Sunday. The Blue Jays sit...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 26, 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

Gibbons: Blue Jays 'shell-shocked'

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons admitted that his team was "a little shell-shocked" following another late-inning collapse in Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Aaron Loup gave up three runs in the seventh inning and Todd Redmond served up the game-winning hit in the eighth Saturday, one day after Toronto squandered a two-run ninth inning lead in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie wasn’t thrilled about playing second base last night

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to start Juan Francisco at third base in last night’s interleague matchup against the Pirates while moving Brett Lawrie over to second base. It’s not an ideal alignment from a defensive perspective, but he’s trying to keep Francisco’s bat in the lineup with the designated hitter unavailable. While Gibbons’ reasoning is understandable...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 03, 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’ Adam Lind could be headed to disabled list

Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind left Tuesday’s game with lower-back tightness. Although manager John Gibbons said he was merely “day-to-day,” Lind was not looking or talking like a player who would be on the field any time soon. The 30-year-old was in obvious discomfort after the game, walking gingerly and struggling to tie his shoes as he changed into street clothes...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 16, 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

Blue Jays find challenge challenging

The day after the no-play replay where the Blue Jays missed out on an opportunity to challenge the out call given Ryan Goins after the first-base ump said he was picked off, the Blue Jays remain in the dark. The incident occurred in the sixth inning Wednesday, and it turned out to be no big deal as the Jays won 7-3. After Goins was called out, manager John Gibbons waddled out of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 11, 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

John Gibbons, Kirk Gibson top Ken Rosenthal’s ‘Hot Seat’ list of MLB managers already in trouble

Can a computer warm the hot seat? No, I'm serious. Computers run almost everything in baseball these days. Managers use data when forming lineups. Pitchers use data when attacking hitters. Teams use data when positioning defenders. How long before a computer tells a team when to fire its manager? Heck, it already might have happened once or twice or a dozen times. Managers...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 30, 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

Gibbons: Ryan Goins to be Blue Jays starting second baseman

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed the obvious by declaring Ryan Goins as his starting second baseman on Friday morning. Toronto previously said that Goins would be competing for the job with Maicer Izturis, but the public stance has now changed. Izturis will settle into a utility role while the bulk of the work belongs to Goins. Gibbons made the statement after discussing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays unlikely to add free-agent starter

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said if Toronto adds another arm to their starting rotation before the regular season it probably won't come through free agency. Anthopoulos said while the team isn't opposed to making a move, he is convinced it can compete with the current options. ''We'd like to do it, but we're not going to do it at all costs...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays have much better starting pitcher depth this year

The sense of relief was almost palpable. With the first workout of a new season, the Blue Jays were more than willing to put the disaster of 2013 in their rear-view mirror. “Today’s the last day I’m going to talk about last year,” said manager John Gibbons. “We didn’t play well in any phase of the game early on. We didn’t play very good defence, hitting was sporadic...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

No panic from Blue Jays' front office

The Toronto Blue Jays’ braintrust sat atop the Blue Jays dugout in large, comfy chairs, fielding questions like Robbie Alomar would handle a one-hopper. Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez read the screened questions for team president Paul Beeston, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager John Gibbons at the annual state of the union address on Wednesday night at the Rogers...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

New Year means Gibbons’ 2015 option guaranteed

Though the NHL’s Winter Classic and college football bowl games dominate headlines on New Year’s Day, some baseball news did occur Wednesday. John Gibbons’ 2015 option became guaranteed and the manager had a 2016 option added to his contract due to a clause in his unique deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. When Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos hired Gibbons in November of 2012,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 02, 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
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