Gaston is the manager responsible for four of the five AL East championships in team history, as well as its two AL pennants and World Series wins.
Toronto Blue Jays Fire John Gibbons: Is J.P. Ricciardi Still in One Piece?
I think John Gibbons is a bad manager simply because I don’t like managers that are so confrontational with their players. I prefer the “player’s manager.” Cito Gaston is more of a player’s manager but I don’t think he’s a great manager either. He makes curious strategic decisions (hitting Joe Carter third, benching John Olerud against lefties when he was batting over .300 against them, etc.), is not good with rookies and has also had confrontations with players (e.g. David Wells, Derek Bell, etc.) I think this hiring is more about nostalgia and not about reality.
In the Toronto Star there was an interesting article saying
- Ricciardi is arrogant. He demeans his own players and now he demeans players from other teams such as his recent remarks about Adam Dunn. The Toronto Star article states that MLB players no longer want to come to Toronto because of Ricciardi.
- His draft record is terrible. The Jays have one of the weakest farm systems and have had almost no prospects succeed at the major league level. Compare that to their contenders the Rays, the Red Sox, and the Yankees, all who have been developing quality players.
- The payroll is no longer an excuse. The Blue Jays payroll is in the top 15, maybe even the top 10. It’s competitive now but spending a large percentage of it on questionable contracts like Vernon Well’s and A.J. Burnett’s has made the Blue Jays uncompetitive.
You know whom the Blue Jays should hire from their past? Pat Gillick! The man uses an old school approach and sometimes I did not agree with it but his record is amazing. Every franchise he has managed has won, the Blue Jays, the Orioles, the Mariners, the Phillies.