All John Gibbons

By TSM

All you ever wanted to read about the hiring of John Gibbons but were afraid to ask:

Let’s start with Bob Elliott:

“The hiring of Gibbons was a surprise when it should not have been. Anthopoulos said time and again he wanted someone “who would work well with the staff and who was a good fit for the city.”

That was Gibbons then (2004-08).

And that’s Gibbons now … the “perfect fit.”
Ken Fidlin:

“In truth, Gibbons is about the safest bet Anthopoulos could have made.”

Jeff Blair:

“Gibbons is the most underrated manager in Blue Jays history. Like the team he will be running this season, he was handed a club by J.P. Ricciardi that was composed of high-priced free-agents and players from other organizations. He managed the club to its second best season since the 1993 World Series win, an 87-win season in 2006. He was fired in 2008 and replaced by Cito Gaston in a move that many believe was mandated by ownership and then-president Paul Godfrey.”

Bruce Arthur’s “if” full commentary:

“If Colby Rasmus gets expensive or falters, there is Anthony Gose. If J.P. Arencibia gets expensive or becomes a trade chip, Travis D’Arnaud is in the system. Anthopoulos still wants more starting arms, and maybe a platoon bat at first, but when asked if this is a contending team as presently constituted, he nods.”

John Lott:

““I told Gibby this, so I’m not talking behind his back,” Beeston said. “But the more I thought about it, the more it made some sense for the team that we’ve got, the way that he comported himself here before, and the fact that he spent three years [as a coach] with Kansas City, so he never left the American League …”

Cathal Kelly:

“Of all the moves made by the Jays this fall, this is the one that gives me the most hope. It’s proof that this club is doing something more than stockpiling talent. It’s working toward a vision of what this team should represent — class, integrity, and joy in the game. Never underestimate joy. It’s a powerful motivator. It’s been sorely lacking in the Jays’ clubhouse since Gibbons left, and the results of that have shown in the standings.”

Damien Cox:

“What Gibbons seems to be is several things. One, he’s a former catcher, and catchers-as-managers are all the rage in baseball. He’s extremely popular with the media, no small thing. Farrell, never cuddly, couldn’t get those rave reviews that help a manager.”

John Paul Morosi:

“For the third time in a week, Anthopoulos stunned the baseball world. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s going to work.”

John Heyman:

” This is a hiring so far outside the box that you can’t even see the box from there.”

David Schoenfield:

” Experience is important in any field. With the big moves the Jays have already made this offseason, the team views itself as a contender in the AL East, so why risk hiring an inexperienced manager? Sure, you run the small chance that you’re passing up on the game’s next great manager, but there is value in the known quantity, the guy who won’t mess things up. ”

Shi Davidi:

“But Gibbons the man is not at all what so many think he is – he’s smart, savvy and as laid-back as they come – and Gibbons the manager – clever, easygoing yet intense and just the right level of demanding – may very well be the right person at the right time for Alex Anthopoulos post-John Farrell.”

Stephen Brunt:

“But in this case the expectations are unequivocal and fairness be damned: if his team doesn’t play beyond the first week of October within a certain window — two seasons would be a reasonable guess — even the most extenuating of circumstances won’t be enough to save Anthopoulos’s skin.”

Mike Wilner:

“Blue Jays fans now have that reason to be very, very excited about their team for the first time in a long time. It’s going to be a long off-season waiting for that first pitch to be thrown.”

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