Bucs interview John Gibbons
Former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was in Pittsburgh on Monday to be interviewed for the Pirates’ open managerial spot.
A former big-league catcher, Gibbons began his Major League coaching career with Toronto in 2002. After beginning the year as the club’s bullpen catcher, Gibbons became the Blue Jays’ first base coach that summer. He was named interim manager late in the 2004 season and led a young Blue Jays club to a 20-30 finish.
Gibbons had the interim title removed at the end of that year and served in that capacity until being fired on June 20, 2008. In between, Gibbons led Toronto to a 305-305 record, including an 87-75 mark and second-place finish in the American League East in 2006.
Gibbons joined the Royals organization before the start of the ’09 season and has served as the club’s bench coach since.
After a playing career that included only 18 Major League games, Gibbons got his coaching start in the Mets’ Minor league system. He managed for seven years at four different levels and advanced to the playoffs four times. Gibbons twice led his club to league championships. He also spent four years as a roving Minor League instructor and coach.
This marks the third formal interview conducted by the Pirates, who are searching for John Russell’s successor. Eric Wedge and Bo Porter have already met with general manager Neal Huntington.
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