Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Toronto Blue Jays have brought back former manager John Gibbons to replace John ex-skipper John Farrell, who moved to the Boston Red Sox.
Gibbons, who managed the Blue Jays for five seasons from 2004 to 2008, will be officially introduced during a news conference at Rogers Center Tuesday.
The 50-year-old Gibbons compiled a 305-305 mark in his five seasons in Toronto with his best record coming in 2006 when his club went 87-75.
Gibbons’ hiring came as a surprise as he was off the big league radar after spending the past season managing San Diego’s Double-A affiliate in San Antonio.
He was also not mentioned among the candidates during the month-long search launched by general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
Among the candidates to replace Farrell were Sandy Alomar Jr., DeMarlo Hale, Tim Wallach, Matt Williams Jim Tracy, Jim Riggleman, Mike Hargrove and Bobby Cox.
Gibbons will take over a team that underwent a massive trade that brought Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto, making the Blue Jays instant contenders next year.
The Blue Jays also boosted their lineup by signing infielder Maicer Izturis and left fielder Melky Cabrera to multi-year deals.
With such a talented cast, expectations are high that Gibbons will bring the Blue Jays to the postseason, something that he failed to do in his five years at the helm.