OK, I didn’t see that one coming. John Gibbons was fired today (that’s not the part that I didn’t see coming, though I disagree with it), and who do the Jays hire as their new manager? No, not Gary Carter, but former Jays manager Cito Gaston. I’m not sure how I feel about this. As much as I loved Cito (and how can you not love Cito?) when he managed the Jays to back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, the Jays under Gaston were mediocre at best after that, and then he was fired in 1997, and hasn’t managed a team since. He was apparently on the short list for a few managers jobs, but never got them.
Right now it’s 0-0 in the 11th inning, so the change of management hasn’t done anything yet to fire up the hitters. However, it’s been less than 12 hours, so maybe we’ll need to give Cito and the new guys (other former Jay coaches Gene Tenace and Nick Leyva — hardly the “new guys”) a little more time.