PITTSBURGH, PA -- Add Toronto to the growing list of major league teams changing managers in midstream.
A day after the Mariners fired John McLaren, and less than a
week following the Mets' dismissal of Willie Randolph, the Blue
Jays have pink-slipped John Gibbons. He's being replaced by former
skipper Cito Gaston.
Toronto has dropped 12 of its last 16 games and at 35-and-39 are
in last place in the American League East. The Jays start play
tonight at Pittsburgh 10 and a-half games behind the first-place
Boston Red Sox.
Gibbons took over on the Jays' bench midway through the 2004
season, posting a record of 305 wins and 305 losses.
The 64-year-old Gaston had been serving as special assistant to
the club's president and CEO. He's the Blue Jays' first two-time
manager. Gaston compiled a 681-and-635 record from 1989 to 1997 and led the franchise to World Series championships in 1992 and 1993.