The Jays and John Gibbons are said ready to part ways after the season, sources told Fancred.
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While nothing’s set in stone, one person familiar with the thinking of both parties, said it was “99.9 percent done” that the Jays would hire a new manager next season. Gibbons and GM Ross Atkins are said to have spoken multiple times about the plans, so sources say this would not come as a surprise to Gibbons.
“We’ll sit down after the year and see what direction we’re going to go, myself included,” Gibbons said by phone.
Atkins declined to comment.
People close to the situation suggest the plan is to hire a younger manager with a likely target date to compete in 2020 or 2021, and word is that Gibbons fully understands and believes he’s been treated very well by the new regime, which gave him an extension before the 2017 season. Gibbons is owed one more year, and will be paid, as is required.
The writing’s been on the wall for weeks, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB Network reported last month the sides “seem destined.” Gibbons later said on MLB Network, “Maybe they would benefit from getting a new fresh face that would grow with the young players. I’m not sure I want to go through one of those things — a total rebuild.”
Gibbons has a reputation as an excellent in-game manager who’s one of the most candid in the game, someone who’s not afraid to tell players where they stand, and also unafraid of confrontation.
Gibbons is 783-776 in 11 years managing the Blue Jays across two tenures. The Texan is said to have interest in managing again under the right circumstance.