The news that long-time Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has been officially let go came as no surprise Wednesday afternoon.
After a miserable season and a budding rebuild underway, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion the Jays needed to head in a different direction from the affable Gibbons.
GM Ross Atkins made it official, announcing that after two go arounds as manager of the team (2004-2008 and 2013-2018), Gibbons has been shown the door.
His overall record with the team stood at 791-787 as of Wednesday, with a 10-10 record in the post-season. His 791 wins as a Blue Jays skipper are second only to Cito Gaston’s 892.
In a presser just before his final home game as manager against the Houston Astros Wednesday night, Gibby was his usual likable self and agreed with Atkins that change is needed.
“I will always be a Blue Jay,” said Gibbons. “But I get how this business works. When things start sliding it’s just the way it goes. Big league sports is about winning.”
It was long rumored that Gibby would be out sooner than later, but he kidded around a little about being retained by new management and the reaction of fans to his old school coaching style.
“I’m a little surprised (the fans) have kind of taken to me,” Gibbons said. “It wasn’t always that way. When (Atkins) came in (as GM) I thought I was done. He put a lot of money in my pocket.”