BLUE JAYS GIVE
GIBBONS TWO-YEAR EXTENSION
Toronto Blue Jays are pleased to announce John Gibbons has agreed
to a two-year contract extension as the team's manager.
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.
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."
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).
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.