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John Gibbons returns as Blue Jays' manager

Nov. 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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TORONTO, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- John Gibbons, who managed the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004-08, is returning to the American League team as manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Gibbons, 50, followed John Farrell, who left the Blue Jays after two seasons as manager to take a similar position with the Boston Red Sox. Toronto was 154-170 under Farrell.

Gibbons managed the Blue Jays for parts of five seasons, fashioning a 305-305 record. He was fired 74 games into the 2008 season. His best season was 2006 when the team went 87-75 and finished second in the AL East. The 610-game tenure was the longest for a Toronto manager since Cito Gaston's 1992-97 tour.

The Blue Jays on Monday completed a trade with Miami that gives Toronto pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio. The Blue Jays also agreed to a deal with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

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