In a recent interview with John Lott of The Athletic, former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed he has sent resumes to three teams with open managerial positions.
John Gibbons is one year removed from his tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays, however, the 57-year old skipper is ready to get back into the game. Gibbons obviously realizes the window for another managerial opportunity is closing if he does not act sooner than later.
There are currently eight manager vacancies around the league with Gabe Kapler of the Phillies being the latest skipper to get the ax. Gibbons identified three organizations in which he has previous ties when deciding where to apply.
Gibby has applied to the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, and Kansas City Royals thus far in hopes of returning to the majors. The former manager just wants an opportunity to sit down with the right people and sell himself.
"“I’ve contacted three teams, just to put my name in the hat, all I want to do is get in front of the right people and try to sell myself and see if it’s a match.”"
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The manager would accept another role with an organization but would prefer to be the man calling shots on the bench. There are a number of candidates rumoured along with Gibbons vying for another opportunity. The likes of Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Carlos Beltran, Derek Shelton, John Farrell, and Buck Showalter are all generating interest from respective clubs.
"“I do want to get back in the game for a few more years, if a perfect situation arose, and there was say, a bench job, I’d be crazy not to look at it. But I think for most guys, once they’ve managed, that’s pretty much all they want to do.”"
Gibbons is an old school skipper who stands up for his players and is very deserving of another opportunity. Here’s hoping Gibby lands on his feet and will be at the helm somewhere come next season.