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April 27, 2005

The Toronto Blue Jays are pleased to announce John Gibbons has agreed to a two-year contract extension as the team's manager.

Gibbons was named as the tenth manager in Club history on October 4, 2004. At that time, he was given a one-year contract running through 2005. This new contract extension now carries through until the end of the 2007 season.

J.P. Ricciardi, the Club's Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations & General Manager, says, "From the moment Gibby first stepped in our clubhouse, he's had the respect of our players and all the other coaches. He's proven to be effective at managing the game and working with our players. He always brings an energy and enthusiasm to the job that rubs off on the entire Club."

Gibbons, 42, first joined the Blue Jays coaching staff in 2002 as a bullpen catcher, before being promoted midseason to first base coach. He served in that capacity until August 2004 when he was appointed manager on an interim basis. The Blue Jays have posted a 33-41 record under his direction (10-11 in 2005, 20-30 in 2004 & 3-0 in 2003).

Before joining the Blue Jays, Gibbons spent more than 20 years as a player and later as a coach in the New York Mets organization, including parts of three seasons catching at the Major League level (1984, 1986-87). In seven seasons as a minor league manager in the Mets system, his teams won two league championships, while he was named Manager of the Year in three different leagues.