John Gibbons, Toronto Blue Jays
It seems like John Gibbons has been the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays forever, but it has only been for most of the last 14 years. Gibbons got his first start with the team back in 2004, but he was fired during the 2008 season and replaced by Blue Jays legend Cito Gaston.
In his second stint with the Blue Jays, Gibbons has been the team’s manager since 2013, and actually led them to the AL East title back in 2015. The team made the playoffs in 2016 as well, but they really hit a wall last season.
During his first stint with the team, the Blue Jays had a quick trigger firing him during the 2008 campaign. One would think that could be the case ten years later, as this Blue Jays team could struggle again in 2018.
A winner of 720 games as manager of the team, Gibbons has gone 415-395 in his second stint with the team. The team did lose some pop in the lineup by bidding adieu to guys like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, but they still have the likes of John Donaldson and Curtis Granderson in the lineup to blast home runs next season.
The rotation is also solid with J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, and Marco Estrada, but they will have to navigate a very tough AL East this season. If the Blue Jays get off to a slow start, Gibbons seat will start to get even hotter as we move closer to the All Star Break.