TORONTO, June 3 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays on Monday fired Buck Martinez, making him the fifth major league manager to lose his job since the start of the season.
The 53-year-old Martinez came down from the Blue Jays' broadcast booth to take over as manager last season but enjoyed little success on the field. He had no previous managerial experience.
A former catcher with Toronto, Martinez led the Blue Jays to a 100-115 record, including a 20-33 mark this season. Only Tampa Bay, Detroit and Milwaukee have worst records in the major leagues this year.
Third base coach Carlos Tosca, 48, was named to replace Martinez for the remainder of the season. The Blue Jays also juggled their coaching staff, naming bullpen catcher John Gibbons first base coach and Brian Butterfield third base coach. Butterfield was fired as manager of the Columbus Clippers last month.
The Blue Jays responded for Tosca, defeating Tampa Bay, 6-1, on Monday night.
"The first win's always a big one to get out of the way," Tosca said. "It was exciting, obviously, but there's a long way that we'll have to go. Hopefully it's a good starting point for us and we can build on it."
Garth Iorg, who had been the Blue Jays' first base coach, also was fired.
Despite the shakeup, Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi had kind things to say about Martinez.
"I consider him a friend," Ricciardi said. "He's a class act. He's handled this in a professional manner. With that being said, I felt it was time for the club to have a change in direction. Hopefully with Carlos, we'll get to those goals, which is to be a better club in September."
Tosca, in his first year in the Blue Jays' organization, is highly respected in the game. He has managed more than 1,700 games in the minor leagues.
A native of Cuba, Tosca posted a 932-827 (.530) in the minor leagues, beginning his career in the Yankees' organization and also worked for the Kansas City Royals and Florida Marlins.
Tosca was a bench coach for Buck Showalter in Arizona and also interviewed for the Colorado job that went to Buddy Bell.
When Toronto got off to a slow start this year, rumors quickly surfaced that Martinez's job could be in jeopardy. Ricciardi, who replaced the fired Gord Ash in the offseason, put pressure on Martinez in spring training.
Martinez joins Bell, Phil Garner in Detroit, Tony Muser in Kansas City and Davey Lopes in Milwaukee as managers who have been fired since the start of the season. In addition, Joe Kerrigan lost his job with Boston in spring training.
The Blue Jays are off to their worst start in two decades and trail the first-place Boston Red Sox by 16 games in the American League East. The also have the worst home mark in the majors at 9-20.