Could the Blue Jays move on from John Gibbons?
In Ken Rosenthal’s latest at The Athletic ($), it was mentioned that the Toronto Blue Jays are expected to move on from fan favorite manager John Gibbons in 2019:
We can take it with a grain of salt, of course, as Rosenthal’s Scioscia rumor has already been disputed. Gibbons certainly hasn’t done anything to get fired, seeing as how he didn’t pull Josh Donaldson‘s hamstring himself or club Troy Tulowitzki‘s feet with a bat, nor did he sign seven 1B/DH types and a pile of light-hitting middle infielders. But that’s the way things go in the big leagues, and back-to-back losing seasons tends to point towards a managerial change.
If the Blue Jays do intend to move on from Gibbons, there’s not a whole lot of options out there. Rosenthal lists Joe Girardi, Mike Matheny, Dusty Baker and ex-Blue Jays skipper John Farrell as potential candidates to fill this offseason’s managerial roles. None of those tenured managers seems likely though, as the Blue Jays will likely benefit from a younger manager, one in tune with modern analytics and a loose clubhouse to mold the many young players over the next few seasons.
Since this is a blog, and I’d rather have fun with it than do a deep dive into credentials and managerial experience and intangibles, I decided to crowd source the question to see what Blue Jays fans might think. The responses were varied, but overall very solid.
If Gibbons is indeed out, who do you want to see replace him?
I know Wedge is already in-house, but I wonder if Bobby Meacham gets a chance.
— Roy-Z ☘ (@rolewiii) August 7, 2018
And the answers:
— Guzmir Jhericurl Jr. (@GuzmansJhercurl) August 7, 2018
I had to look up what Ozzie Guillen was up to, and it turns out he’s been with ESPN Desportes as an analyst for a while now. You would think the Jays would go for someone who’s had significantly less media attention attached. It would seem like a volatile move to make with a rebuilding team.
Connie Mack https://t.co/xRqstwk7cG
— Bizzy ⚾️⚾️🤓 (@unclebizzy4) August 7, 2018
Well, I can think of at least one problem with that, but at least it gives me a chance to drop in a Mr. Burns quote.
And if we want to rile up the #ClevelandIndians folks:
There’s been talking about bringing in a Spanish-speaking manager, so I don’t know if your candidates would work. Maybe Sandy Alomar Jr.?
— VJ (@TheRealVJ24) August 7, 2018
Sandy Alomar Jr. would probably be my favorite response, as 1) he’s a catcher and 2) he’s been coaching a competitive team for a while now. He’s also a baseball lifer in the purest sense as an accomplished former player and the son of one as well. He’s yet to manage at the MLB level aside from a six-game stint in 2012, though, and might also be unlikely to move on from Cleveland, where he’s spent the last eight seasons.
There was also the guy that may or may not be my personal burner account:
— Ted Knowler (@TedKnowler) August 7, 2018
And of course, there’s the internal possibilities:
If it’s a real build around the kids, John Schneider (Fisher Cats manager). https://t.co/tsEM19Pe4s
— Joshua (@JoshuaHowsam) August 7, 2018
And John Schneider is kind of hard to argue with. Schneider, who’s still under 40 years old would hit the youthful component, which many agree is the direction the club should go. He’s also already worked with the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Aaron Sanchez, the core of what will hopefully be the next competitive Blue Jays squad.
He’s in a strong standing within the organization, as well, as Schneider has spent time at every Blue Jays affiliate aside from Bluefield (Rookie) and Buffalo (Triple-A). You can read more about Schneider in a piece over at MiLB.com. Other in-organization options could include Bobby Meacham, currently managing at Triple-A, or Devon White, their hitting coach.
Where do you see the Blue Jays going with there next manager? I believe most fans would love to see Gibby stick around, but we’re not the ones making decisions here. Leave a comment below with your choice.
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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.