Toronto Blue Jays to Keep John Gibbons Through 2015
To the many who thought that John Gibbons should be fired due to the under-performing Blue Jays team in 2013, here is some bad news: John Gibbons will be the skipper through 2015.
John Gibbons has the dream contract. It is one that is set-up to guarantee that he will come back for more than just the next year for endless amounts of years. The way that it is set-up is, if the Jays front office does not fire him before New Years’ day of a given year, then Gibbons returns for that year AND the next calendar year. Thus, since he was not fired as of 11:59:59 December 31, he is retained through the 2015 season (or at least going to be paid through 2015).
That is not good news to the Jays’ fan base who expected a playoff run and perhaps more in 2013 – a year in which Toronto’s front office went “all-in”. Gibbons went from what seemed to be an outgoing, loudly passionate manager, to a manager who seemed to have lost control of his team as the 2013 season progressed.
After a 2013 with so much potential after adding big-name players such as Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, Melky Cabrera, and Mark Buehrle; a 74-88 record, and only a one game improvement upon their 73-win 2012 season just does not cut it.
With most of the stars from 2013 returning with the exception of Josh Johnson and Rajai Davis, the Blue Jays and John Gibbons know that 2014 needs to be a competitive year. Although playing in as tough of a division as the AL East is, it makes that hard. Most people think the Jays’ team isn’t as good as it was a year ago, which will make it even tougher to compete with the likes of the improved-upon Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
Only time will tell for the Blue Jays.
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