There isn’t much for Blue Jays news, other than Darnell Sweeney being outrighted to Buffalo.
So let’s talk about John Gibbons.
Jeff Blair, after a post about Roberto Osuna’s second chance, wrote this:
• If the chatter is true, this could very well be John Gibbons’ final homestand as Blue Jays manager. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will replace him on an interim basis and next year’s manager will need to be: 1. analytically savvy and 2. speak Spanish fluently #justthefacts
I’m thinking Blair wouldn’t write something like this unless he knew it was likely to happen. It seems silly to make up a rumor like this.
Ken Rosenthal, among others, also thinks Gibby is ‘destined’ to be fired.
I really don’t have an opinion on firing Gibby, but I don’t understand why we’d be doing it in August. If you are going to have an interim manager anyway, why not leave Gibbons in the job.
I don’t have real complaints with the job he’s doing now. I don’t believe any manager would do much better with this years team, though perhaps another manager would argue harder for better roster composition.
I’d like to think some managers would be quicker to use some of the young guys, seeing that this season is a bust. I’d think it would be a good time to introduce Danny Jansen to the majors. Maile can be optioned, why not? I’d think there are managers who would fight to get him brought up.
And, I would like to think that other managers would fight the ‘bullpen day’ idea. But then I don’t know that Gibbons didn’t fight the idea. He’s made post game comments that seem to suggest he dislikes the idea.
I do concede that he might not be the perfect choice for a rebuilding team.
Who would be getting the job next year?
I’d think ‘analytically savvy’ would be a must, and speaks Spanish seems like a good idea. Besides that I’d suggest someone young, who could stay in the job for 10 years or so. I’m not too worried about MLB experience.
I’ve seen Mike Scioscia’s name mentioned. I don’t see it. He’s 59, older than Gibby. He does speak Spanish, but I’d think we’d be looking elsewhere.
John Schneider? I like the idea of promoting from within the organization. Schneider already knows our younger players. He is just 38. I don’t know enough about him to say much, but I’d guess that, if he wants to be a Major League manager, he’s studied analytics and, if he hasn’t learned Spanish, he isn’t as bright as people make him out to be.
Terry Francona? Just because he’s the manager in Cleveland? I doubt it. Why would he leave a good job to start over in a rebuild? And, of course, why leave the AL Central to go to the AL East?
Joe Girardi? Please no.
I’m sure there are a couple of dozen of other names who would be on the list of candidates.
Will Gibby be
This poll is closed
Gone before the end of August.
Gone after the end of the season.
Still be manager next year.