Blue Jays: Managerial window closing on John Gibbons

ST PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 6: John Gibbons #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays gets ejected in the eighth inning on May 6, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Toronto Blue Jays won 2-1. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 6: John Gibbons #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays gets ejected in the eighth inning on May 6, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Toronto Blue Jays won 2-1. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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It would appear with the recent hirings that the managerial window for former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is closing.

A few weeks back, we learned that the former Blue Jays skipper had sent resumes to three teams when John Gibbons spoke to Jon Lott of The Athletic. Gibby reached out to a trio of organizations he had previous ties to when he applied for the managerial vacancies of the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets and San Diego Padres.

The Royals recently named Mike Matheny as their new skipper to replace Ned Yost while the Mets have handed the torch to rookie manager Carlos Beltran. It does not appear that Gibbons received an interview for either vacancy.

The Padres also opted for a first-year skipper in Jayce Tingler, the 38-year old spent last season as the Major League Player Development Field Coordinator for the Texas Rangers.

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The Cubs and Angels have also filled their vacancies with Joe Maddon and David Ross respectively which thus far has left Gibby on the outside looking in.

The Pirates remain in the hunt for a new manager but have already completed a  round of interviews with Joe Espada emerging as the current favourite.

I am actually surprised that Gibbons did not receive more of a look from at least a couple of clubs, not to say that he would have been handed a job but at least an interview or two. Gibby may have to settle for a bench coach role if he still has aspirations of returning to the majors.

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In two stints with the Blue Jays, Gibbons owns a 793-789 while leading the Jays to the postseason in both 2015 and 2016. The 57-year old was relieved of his duties following the 2018 campaign when both sides mutually decided to go in different directions.

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