In the wake of revamping their roster the Blue Jays still needed to fill the managerial vacancy that opened after John Farrell left for Boston. They have done that, naming former manager John Gibbons as their new manager Tuesday.
"I don't know that there was anybody better in terms of managing a bullpen, connecting with the players, connecting with the front office, holding players accountable," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said while making the announcement.
Gibbons, 50, originally took over as Blue Jays manager in 2004 when Carlos Tosca was fired. Gibbons went 80-82 in 2005, his first full season, before posting an 87-75 record in 2006. Though the Blue Jays didn't make the playoffs that season, the mark still stands as Toronto's best since 1998.
Still, the Blue Jays regressed and Gibbons was fired on June 20, 2008.
Overall, Gibbons went 305-305 in his first stint as Jays skipper. He most recently managed the San Antonio Missions in Double-A (Padres system). Prior to that, he was the Royals' bench coach for three seasons.
"I said 'Are you serious?'" Blue Jays president Paul Beeston said when asked about his reaction to Anthopoulos' interest in Gibbons. "Forget about him being an intellectual, he's a baseball guy. And those are the guys you really want in your organization."
This isn't the first time the Blue Jays have given a man a second managerial stint in recent memory. Gibbons was replaced in 2008 by Cito Gaston, who had earlier managed the Blue Jays from 1989-97.
"Who wouldn't want to be here?" Gibbons said in a news conference. "The front office has put together a legitimate contending-type team."
It'll be Gibbons' job to produce the results.