What’s old is new – John Gibbons is back as the Blue Jays manager

by Bill Chuck on November 20, 2012

John Gibbons, who managed the Blue Jays for parts of five seasons from 2004 to 2008, will be introduced to the world (once again) today as the new Blue Jays manager.

Since leaving the Jays, he has been the bench coach with the Kansas City Royals and managed double-A San Antonio, in the San Diego Padres organization, to a 60-80 record this summer.

In another one of those slideshows on BleacherReport, Gibbons was included in a list of the 15 most controversial managers (do the names Ozzie Guillen, Billy Martin, Bobby Valentine strike a familiar note?) with references to the Gibbons altercations with players Shea Hillenbrand, Ted Lilly, and others.

But after a tenure in which reportedly Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and former Jays (and new Red Sox) manager John Farrell did not get along and there were numerous reports of Farrell and his coaches not cracking down on his younger players, Anthopoulos, like his Boston counterpart Ben Cherington, has opted to stake his future on a name, and relationship, that is familiar.

 

The news of Gibbons’ hiring was first reported by Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun.

John Gibbons .500 Toronto Record

Rk Year Age Tm Lg G W L W-L% Finish
1 2004 42 Toronto Blue Jays AL 2nd of 2 50 20 30 .400 5
2 2005 43 Toronto Blue Jays AL 162 80 82 .494 3
3 2006 44 Toronto Blue Jays AL 162 87 75 .537 2
4 2007 45 Toronto Blue Jays AL 162 83 79 .512 3
5 2008 46 Toronto Blue Jays AL 1st of 2 74 35 39 .473 5
5 years 610 305 305 .500 3.6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/20/2012.

Toronto’s managerial history

Rk Mgr Yrs From To G W L W-L% G>.500 BestFin WrstFin
1 Bobby Cox 4 1982 1985 648 355 292 .549 63 1 6
2 John Farrell 2 2011 2012 324 154 170 .475 -16 4 4
3 Jim Fregosi 2 1999 2000 324 167 157 .515 10 3 3
4 Cito Gaston 12 1989 2010 1731 894 837 .516 57 1 5
5 John Gibbons 5 2004 2008 610 305 305 .500 0 2 5
6 Roy Hartsfield 3 1977 1979 484 166 318 .343 -152 7 7
7 Tim Johnson 1 1998 1998 163 88 74 .543 14 3 3
8 Buck Martinez 2 2001 2002 215 100 115 .465 -15 3 3
9 Bobby Mattick 2 1980 1981 268 104 164 .388 -60 7 7
10 Mel Queen 1 1997 1997 5 4 1 .800 3 5 5
11 Gene Tenace 1 1991 1991 33 19 14 .576 5 1 1
12 Carlos Tosca 3 2002 2004 382 191 191 .500 0 3 5
13 Jimy Williams 4 1986 1989 523 281 241 .538 40 1 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/20/2012.
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