Blue Jays GM gives manager a vote of confidence

The SportsXchange

Despite a season that has fallen well short of expectations, the Toronto Blue Jays will retain John Gibbons as manager next season, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday.

The Blue Jays entered Tuesday night in last place in the American League East with a 59-73 record.

"I actually think, the in-game managing, he has done a great job," Anthopoulos said, according to MLB.com. "I think it's so easy to pin results on one person. I think it's convenient. I just don't think blame falls on one person. There's blame to share."

A series of off-season moves was expected to make the Blue Jays a World Series contender, but the team has struggled all season. Still, Anthopoulos said "there has never been any thought" of letting Gibbons go.

The 51-year-old Gibbons is in his second go-around as Blue Jays manager. Between 2004 and 2008, he posted a 364-378 record. He was dismissed in 2008 with the team holding a 35-39 record at the time.
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