John Gibbons

John Gibbons

John Gibbons managed the Blue Jays from 2004-2008 and 2013-2018 leading them to the postseason in 2015 and 2016.


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  • Reached ALCS in both 2015 & 2016 as Blue Jays Manager
  • World Series Champion 1986 - New York Mets

John Gibbons has seen a lot of ups and down in his career. A highly-touted prospect for the Mets, he was expected to be their future catcher, but a lack of production and the acquisition of Gary Carter stood in the way. Gibbons became a major-league manager for the Toronto Blue Jays, but mediocre success and publicized fights with his players led to his dismissal. He was rehired as the manager of the Blue Jays and finally broke through in 2015, when he managed the Blue Jays to the American League Championship Series. Throughout his career, Gibbons determined to succeed while staying true to his roots.

Gibbons based his philosophy on the game on simplicity. “Baseball’s not rocket science. … It’s really pretty much a simple game.”1 His colleagues said this simple philosophy and his easygoing demeanor made Gibbons a successful manager. “I think one of the things he brings, other than great baseball knowledge, is a great way with people,” said former Blue Jays coach Brian Butterfield. “He’s always got his players’ backs, he always has his coaches’ backs.

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