3. DeMarlo Hale
Hale has been Gibbons’ bench coach for the latter’s entire second stint as Blue Jays manager. He was one of the rumored finalists for the managerial job in Toronto back in 2010, when John Farrell got the job. Hale also has experience as a minor league manager, and as a third base coach and bench coach for the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.
Hale’s managerial bent is unclear, in terms of embracing advanced data and using said data to find advantages. But he is a fluent Spanish speaker, and that will work to his advantage in communicating directly with foreign players.
Hale is actually a year older than Gibbons, which is surprising but not necessarily a great disqualifier as the Blue Jays and other teams start to search for a new manager. If Hale gets an interview to replace Gibbons (as he should), and can reflect a fresh perspective that can reach and cultivate young players, he might become the guy in Toronto in short order.