TORONTO — Supervisor John Gibbons is not going to return to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019, ending his second run with the membership.
The Blue Jays made the long-expected announcement on Wednesday, forward of Toronto’s closing residence recreation of the season towards the Houston Astros.
Gibbons’s job safety was in query earlier this summer season as rumours circulated that the membership was considering making a managerial change. However the Jays introduced in August that Gibbons would end the season, which concludes Sunday after a three-game collection in Tampa towards the Rays.
In early 2017, Gibbons was rewarded for back-to-back playoff appearances with a contract extension by way of 2019 with a membership possibility for 2020. However the Blue Jays missed the playoffs final yr and performed beneath expectations once more this season.
The Jays went into rebuilding mode this yr after the membership fell out of playoff rivalry early within the season, resulting in trades of key gamers like Josh Donaldson and J.A. Happ.
Gibbons leaves the franchise in second place on the staff’s all-time record for managerial victories with 791. Cito Gaston is the all-time chief with 892 wins.
The 56-year-old from San Antonio, Texas additionally managed the staff from August 2004 to June 2008. He was rehired in November 2012.
Gibbons guided the Blue Jays to a disappointing 74-88 report in 2013 however the Blue Jays improved to 83-79 the next yr. A flurry of strikes on the 2015 commerce deadline by then-GM Alex Anthopoulos helped reignite the fanbase and the staff soared within the second half en path to ending a 22-year playoff drought.
A 93-69 mark in 2015 gave the Blue Jays the American League East division crown. Toronto beat the Texas Rangers within the ALDS earlier than dropping the AL Championship Sequence in six video games to the eventual World Sequence champion Kansas Metropolis Royals.
Bolstered by AL MVP Donaldson and sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, the Blue Jays led the league in runs scored (891), residence runs (232), RBIs (852), walks (570) and on-base plus slugging (.797).
Many of the offensive weapons returned for 2016 and the staff’s 89-73 mark was ok for a return to the post-season. Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles within the AL wild-card recreation and took Texas down once more earlier than falling to the Cleveland Indians within the ALCS.
The Blue Jays struggled in 2017 and had been basically out of the playoff combine by mid-season in 2018.
Gibbons first joined the Blue Jays’ teaching workers in 2002 as a bullpen catcher. He was promoted mid-season to first base coach and served in that capability till changing supervisor Carlos Tosca.
Gibbons spent elements of three seasons as a catcher with the New York Mets after being drafted by the staff in 1980.
He later labored as a coach and supervisor for quite a lot of groups at a wide range of minor-league ranges.
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Gibbons has spent 11 seasons over two stints because the Jays’ supervisor. Right here’s a take a look at different coaches who spent vital time with a few of Toronto’s skilled groups:
Toronto Maple Leafs
Punch Imlach — 12 years (1958-69, 1980). Posted 370-275-125 regular-season report, 44-48 playoff report. Gained the Stanley Cup 1962-64, 1967.
Hap Day — 10 years (1940-1950). Posted 259-206-81 regular-season report, 49-31 playoff report. Gained the Stanley Cup 1942, 1945, 1947-49.
Dick Irvin — 9 years (1931-1940). Posted 216-152-59 regular-season report, 33-32-1 playoff report. Gained the 1932 Stanley Cup.
Pat Quinn — Seven years (1998-2006), 574 video games, 300-196-78, 41-39 playoff report.
Dwane Casey — Seven years (2011-18). Posted 320-238 regular-season report, 21-30 playoff report. Was 2017 NBA coach of the yr.
Sam Mitchell — 5 years (2004-09). Posted 156-189 report, 3-Eight playoff report. Was 2007 NBA coach of the yr.
Bob O’Billovich — 11 years (1982-1989, 1993-95). Posted 107-104-Three regular-season report, 6-Eight playoff report. Was CFL coach of the yr in 1982 and ’87, gained ’83 Gray Cup.
Lew Hayman — 9 years (1932-41). Posted 40-15-2 regular-season report, 20-12 playoff report. Gained 1933, 1937-38 Gray Cups.
Michael (Pinball) Clemons — Eight years (2000-07). Posted 67-54-1 regular-season report, 6-5 playoff report. Gained the ’04 Gray Cup.
Toronto Blue Jays
Cito Gaston — 12 years (1989-1991, 1992-1997, 2008-2010). Posted 894-837 report. Gained two pennants, 1992-93 World Sequence.
John Gibbons — 11 years (2004-’08, 2013-present). Has posted 791-787 report, 10-10 playoff report. Guided Blue Jays to the American League Championship Sequence in 2015-2016.
Greg Vanney — In his fifth yr. Has posted 54-36 report. He led Toronto FC to 2 MLS finals, successful in 2017. He was ’17 MLS and CONCACAF coach of the yr.