MLB Insider: John Schneider could be on hot seat if the Blue Jays miss the playoffs

Jul 21, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider (14) signals for a
Jul 21, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider (14) signals for a / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today's Bob Nightengale has said that Blue Jays manager John Schneider's future with the team is not guaranteed should Toronto not make the postseason this year. In a recent MLB roundup, Nightengale stated that "John Schneider’s future is uncertain if the Blue Jays are sitting home in October".

Schneider was named the Blue Jays interim manager last July when the team fired former manager Charlie Montoyo, and the interim tag was removed in October of last year after signing him to a three-year contract with a team option for 2026.

Schneider first joined Montoyo's staff in 2019, and was the Blue Jays Double-A affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats' manager prior to that. He's come up the system with a handful of the current major league roster, including Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, Danny Jansen, and Jordan Romano.

Schneider's thus far short tenure as Blue Jays manager hasn't come without its ups and downs, with the biggest debacle coming in last years Wild Card Series, where he pulled Kevin Gausman with two outs in the sixth inning. Eventually, as all Blue Jays fans know, the club ended up blowing their 8-1 lead to the Seattle Mariners and being eliminated from the postseason. Gausman was at just 95 pitches when the Blue Jays skipper opted to pull him for the lefty Tim Mayza.

Schneider ended up defending his costly mistake after the game, stating "Gausman was outstanding ... you trust your entire roster and today, you know, we didn't get it done".

Coming into play tonight, the Blue Jays currently occupy the third and final Wild Card spot in the American League, sitting behind Tampa Bay and Houston. They sit 7.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the division lead. If the season ended today, Toronto would play the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins in a best-of-three Wild Card Series.