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Catcher John Gibbons was selected by the New York Mets in the first round of the 1980 amateur draft. After putting up unspectacular numbers in the minors in his first few years, he had a breakout season with the Jackson Mets in 1983, hitting .298 with 18 homers and 67 RBIs, being named the club's co-MVP, and being selected to the Texas League All-Star team. After beginning the next year on the disabled list with a fractured cheekbone, he made his major league debut with the Mets on April 11, 1984. However, he struggled at the plate in the majors, getting just 2 hits in 31 at bats. After another stint on the DL, he spent the remainder of the season with the AAA Tidewater Tides.

He returned to Tidewater in 1985, hitting .259 with 9 home runs and earning a spot on the International League All-Star team. He spent the majority of the next season, 1986 with the Tides again before getting a second cup of coffee in the majors while starting catcher Gary Carter was injured. He hit much better in his second stint with the Mets, hitting .474 in 8 games. However, with Carter back the following season, Gibbons found himself back at Tidewater in 1987 for a fourth straight season. After eight seasons in the Mets system, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Craig Shipley prior to the 1988 season. He never returned to the majors as a player. After one season in the Dodgers system, he spent a year in the Texas Rangers organization and another with the Philadelphia Phillies before ending his playing career.

With his playing days behind him, Gibbons returned to the Mets as a minor league coach from 1991 to 1994. He got his first managerial experience as skipper of the Kingsport Mets in 1995 and led the club to the Appalachian League championship. He moved on to the St. Lucie Mets the next year and won another league title. After several more years managing in the Mets organization, he became a Toronto Blue Jays coach in 2002. He managed the Jays for three games in 2003 in skipper Carlos Tosca's temporary absence, winning them all. Gibbons took over as manager on a full-time basis when Tosca was fired during the 2004 season. That year, the Jays finished in last place in the AL East. The following year, he led the team to a third place finish, and in 2006, the club improved to second place, their best finish since 1993. However, Gibbons also gained negative attention that year for his very public feuds with Shea Hillenbrand and Ted Lilly. Hillenbrand was eventually traded to the San Francisco Giants, and Lilly left the team as a free agent. Two years later, Gibbons got into another highly publicized dispute, this time with slugger Frank Thomas; Thomas was released.

Gibbons was fired along with three of his coaches on June 20, 2008, with the Blue Jays in last place in the AL East, and replaced by former Blue Jay manager Cito Gaston. He was the third Major League manager fired in less than a week. From 2009 to 2011, he was the bench coach of the Kansas City Royals. He returned to the dugout in 2012, hired by the San Diego Padres to be the manager of the AA San Antonio Missions. On November 20, 2012, he was surprisingly hired to be the Blue Jays' manager for a second stint, his return coming after Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos­ had gone on a shopping spree, stocking the team for a run to the postseason in 2013. That scenario did not pan out, however, as the Jays were racked by injuries and sub-par performances to finish in last place in the AL East. They had got off to a dreadful start, managed to right the ship in mid-May and early June when they returned to .500 and got close to the division leaders, only to see the bottom fall out starting in July.


Preceded by
Carlos Tosca
Toronto Blue Jays Manager
2004-2008
Succeeded by
Cito Gaston
Preceded by
John Farrell
Toronto Blue Jays Manager
2013-
Succeeded by
current

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Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1995 Kingsport Mets Appalachian League 41-18 1st New York Mets League Champs
1996 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 71-62 5th New York Mets League Champs
1997 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 54-81 14th New York Mets
1998 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 82-60 2nd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
1999 Norfolk Tides International League 77-63 4th New York Mets
2000 Norfolk Tides International League 65-79 10th (t) New York Mets
2001 Norfolk Tides International League 85-57 2nd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2004 Toronto Blue Jays American League 20-30 5th Toronto Blue Jays replaced Carlos Tosca (47-64) on August 8
2005 Toronto Blue Jays American League 80-82 3rd Toronto Blue Jays
2006 Toronto Blue Jays American League 87-75 2nd Toronto Blue Jays
2007 Toronto Blue Jays American League 83-79 3rd Toronto Blue Jays
2008 Toronto Blue Jays American League 35-39 -- Toronto Blue Jays replaced by Cito Gaston on June 20
2012 San Antonio Missions Texas League 60-80 7th San Diego Padres
2013 Toronto Blue Jays American League 74-88 5th Toronto Blue Jays
2014 Toronto Blue Jays American League Toronto Blue Jays

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