Blue Jays hire John Gibbons as manager

Tom Szczerbowski

Gibbons will return to the job he held from late 2004 thru mid-2008.

The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to name John Gibbons as their new manager sometime Tuesday morning, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun:

Everything old is new again.

Again.

It’s not Cito Gaston 2.0, but John Gibbons 2.0.

Gibbons, who managed the Blue Jays for parts of five seasons from 2004 to 2008, will be introduced Tuesday morning as their next manager.

The Blue Jays have been on the hunt for a new manager since trading 2011-2012 skipper John Farrell to the Boston Red Sox late last month. Unlike the offseason's other manager searches, the Blue Jays kept their list of candidates largely under wraps, leaving reporters to blindly speculate who might be in the running for the job.

In his first stint with Toronto, Gibbons led the Blue Jays to an exactly .500 record over his four-year tenure, garnering 305 wins and 305 losses. The 87-75 second-place season under Gibbons in 2006 netted the Blue Jays their best finish since their World Series victory in 1993.

UPDATE: The Blue Jays made Gibbons' hiring official early Tuesday morning:

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