The Toronto Blue Jays have fired manager John Gibbons, as well as three coaches including Ernie Whitt, Marty Pevey, and hitting coach Gary Denbo. The replacement for Gibbons is someone well known to the Blue Jays and one that has been in the “where have they gone?” file, Cito Gaston.
Gaston, who managed the Blue Jays to back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, has not been with an organization since leaving the Blue Jays under the titles of Club Ambassador and Special Assistant to the President and CEO.
Former Gaston staff members Nick Leyva (filling the third base coach position), and the great former player Gene Tenace (filling in as hitting coach), join Gaston. Dwayne Murphy who was the Blue Jays Roving Minor League Hitting Instructor, moves into the first base coach slot.
Gibbons compiled a 305-305 record since coming in mid-season of 2004. The Blue Jays currently are sitting in last place in the AL East (35-39) and have lost 13 of their last 17, sitting 10.5 games out of first place.
There is no word on whether J.P. Ricciardi's position is safe as general manager. He publicly apologized yesterday after making disparaging comments regarding Adam Dunn on the air.
Source: The Associated Press, SportsNet.ca