An old habit of mine is to relate everything back to the Maple Leafs and hockey. Baseball is no exception. John Gibbons is now going to be the Toronto Blue Jays’ manager until 2019 with a club option for 2020.
John Gibbons is a polarizing figure in Toronto. There are people who despise him and others who adore him. One thing that really bothers me is when fans blame managers and coaches for a poor game and for the life of me, I don’t understand why. Gibbons doesn’t throw a pitch, he doesn’t hit the ball, all he does is write the lineup and change the relief pitchers. Also, he has 644 wins as a manager which ranks him 2nd all time in Blue Jays history.
John Gibbons led the Blue Jays to two consecutive ALCSs’ and is an adored guy in the clubhouse. He lets his players play and doesn’t try to interfere with them too much. In hockey terms, he is the Mike Sullivan of baseball.
With this potent lineup of Travis, Donaldson, Bautista, Morales, Tulowitzki, and Martin, you don’t really need to worry about them. They have plenty of power and talent to go around.
Oh, just one little last thing. Remember Randy Carlyle? If not, he was the Leafs’ head coach before Mike Babcock and Carlyle was extended for 2 years before being fired that very same season. That was the first thing that came to my mind when I first heard about this news.
I’ll let you guys figure that out.
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