April 26, 2005 |
The Toronto Blue Jays fired hitting coach Mike Barnett on Monday and replaced him with first base coach Mickey Brantley. The Blue Jays are 9-11 after losing seven of eight. They were swept last weekend in Baltimore and outscored, 24-7. Toronto is batting .270, seventh in the American League. The Blue Jays' 95 runs ranked sixth in the AL. The Blue Jays scored only 719 runs last year, next-to-last in the AL. They hit .260, which ranked 12th.
August 9, 2004 |
The Toronto Blue Jays fired Manager Carlos Tosca on Sunday, replacing him with first base coach John Gibbons, who will manage on an interim basis. Tosca is the third major league manager to be fired this season, joining Houston's Jimy Williams and Arizona's Bob Brenly. "We have six or seven weeks left in the season, and the team showed signs of not playing hard," said Toronto General Manager J.P. Ricciardi, who hired Tosca on June 3, 2002. "We have an obligation to try and do as well as we can.
September 25, 1997 |
Cito Gaston, who managed the Toronto Blue Jays to World Series championships in 1992 and '93, was fired Wednesday with his team in last place in the American League East. Pitching coach Mel Queen was named interim manager. Gaston is the third manager fired this season, following Cincinnati's Ray Knight and Kansas City's Bob Boone. * Boston's Steve Avery is scheduled to make his 18th start of the season tonight, triggering an option that would allow him to return next season at $3.
June 21, 2008 |
John Gibbons was fired Friday by the last-place Toronto Blue Jays and replaced by Cito Gaston, who led the team to World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. The Blue Jays are 35-40, having lost six in a row and 14 of their last 18 games to fall 11 1/2 games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox in the American League East. "The team just wasn't doing what was expected of it, and maybe changes were needed," Gibbons said during a conference call. "There was a lot expected this year, we came in riding high and speaking high.
May 16, 1989 |
Jimy Williams was fired Monday as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, who were picked by many to challenge for the division title but currently are sixth in the American League East. Williams, who is the first major league manager to be dismissed this season, was replaced on an interim basis by Cito Gaston, only the fourth black to manage in the major leagues. Gaston, though, is not among the candidates to replace Williams on a permanent basis, said General Manager Pat Gillick.
May 2, 1992 |
Brian Sutter, coach of the year in the NHL last season, was fired by the St. Louis Blues Friday, three days after the team was eliminated during the first round of the playoffs. Sutter, 35, was replaced by Bob Plager, 49, a team vice president and director of player development. Plager, who signed a two-year contract, was a defenseman with the Blues for 11 seasons and played in the team's first game 25 years ago. The Blues also made Bob Berry and Ted Hampson assistant general managers.