Tag:John Gibbons
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 4:39 pm

Indians extend Acta; Royals clean house

By C. Trent Rosecrans

In what is expected to be a day or two of these kinds of procedural moves, the Indians announced they've picked up the team's 2013 option on manager Manny Acta.

In his second season in Cleveland, Acta led the Indians to a surprising 80-82 record, finishing second in the American League Central.

However, Acta's pitching coach, Tim Belcher, will not return. Belcher stepped down from his position in Cleveland to return to his position as special assistant in the Indians' front office. Belcher said he wanted to spend more time with his family. On Wednesday, it was announced that bench coach Tim Tolman would step down after being diagnoses with Parkinson's disease, while Sandy Alomar is expected to take over Tolman's position. Alomar, the Indians' first base coach, is also expected to interview for the White Sox manager position.

Also on Thursday, the Royals announced that they would not bring back pitching coach Bob McClure or bench coach John Gibbons.

In San Diego, Randy Ready was fired after two-and-a-half years as the Padres hitting coach. 

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:44 pm

Pirates down to 2 for manager

The Pirates are down to Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister as their next manager, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets .

On Tuesday, the Pirates received permission to interview Hurdle, deemed the favorite by Heyman.

The Pirates have led one of the most transparent manager searches in recent memory, announcing each of their interviews after the fact. So far, the team has interviewed Eric Wedge (hired by the Mariners), John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Banister.

Banister has spent 25 years in the Pirates organization as a player and coach on both the major and minor league levels. He played one game in the majors, for the Pirates on July 23, 1991. He pinch-hit and singled in his only big-league at-bat.

Banister has managed in the organization and served as the team's interim bench coach last season after Gary Varsho was fired.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:04 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:38 pm

Gibbons opts out of Mets search

Days after saying "no thanks" to the Pirates, Royals bench coach John Gibbons has sent word to the Mets that he's not interested in being a candidate for their managerial opening and is happy with his current job, according to the Bergen Record.

How awesome must the job of Royals bench coach be? Does Ned Yost give his coaching staff foot massages after every game? Do the coaches eat free at Arthur Bryant's ? Gibbons was a big-league manager for four years. He's sat in the big chair before. You could almost understand him turning his nose up at the Pirates job -- that team is a mess and has no payroll. The Mets are a mess, too, but they're a mess with a lot of money in the nation's biggest market.

Does this seem bizarre to anyone else?

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 5:43 pm

Mets to interview four in-house candidates

The Mets will likely interview four in-house candidates to be the next manager, but will also reach out beyond the organization.

SportsIllustrated.com's Jon Heyman says that third-base coach Chip Hale, Class A manager Wally Backman, Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell and scout Bob Melvin, who skippered the Mariners and Diamondbacks previously, are the in-house candidates. Melvin is also in the running to take over Milwaukee.

Despite interviewing Backman, it is thought that Sandy Alderson has no interest in the ex-Met taking over. Alderson is a big believer that managers are there to do what the GM says and not make waves. That's not quite Backman's M.O.

Meanwhile, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News notes that ex-Jays skipper John Gibbons won't interview. That's a curious move, as Gibbons also pulled his name from consideration in Pittsburgh where he may have ended up with the gig. He was also thought to have a good shot in New York.

Pete Mackanin, bench coach of Philadelphia, may yet emerge as a candidate for the job as Martino adds.

Now that Sandy Alderson is officially the Mets' new general manager, the managerial seearch will be getting underway and should ramp up quickly so the GM can turn his focus to other matters.

  -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:56 pm

Report: Gibbons drops out of Pirates search

John Gibbons
In what doesn't seem like a good sign for the appeal of the manager's job in Pittsburgh, John Gibbons has dropped out of the race to lead the last-place Pirates in order to remain in the No. 2 job for the last-place Royals.

The Kansas City bench coach, who managed the Blue Jays from mid-2004 to mid-2008, was looking like the possible front-runner to replace John Russell, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports (via Twitter) that Gibbons will stay put. And it seems unlikely that he's just waiting for the big job in Kansas City, as the Royals didn't pick him when they fired Trey Hillman early last season, and Ned Yost has a contract through 2012.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Thursday that the Pirates' search could be on hold until the Yankees are eliminated so they can talk to bench coach Tony Pena, a former Pirates catcher. Other know Pirates candidates are Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:39 am

Pirates waiting for Pena?

Tony Pena The Pirates may have their eye on one of the LCS coaches, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes .

The candidate that could make the most sense is Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, a former Pirates catcher.

The Pirates have announced each candidate after their interviews, but haven't done so since last Thursday.

"The managerial search is an ongoing process," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Beirtempfel. "We continue to do due diligence on candidates and are considering additional interviews."

In addition to Pena, the Pirates could also interview Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson.

The Pirates have already interviewed Eric Wedge, hired Monday by the Mariners, John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am

Tony La Russa returning to Cardinals

Tony La Russa The Cardinals will bring back skipper Tony La Russa for at least one more year, with a mutual option for 2012, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Derrick Goold reports.

La Russa had been considering his future since the offseason ended and took a road trip to help figure out if he wanted to return for a 33rd year. The answer is in the affirmative, so the future Hall of Fame manager will skipper a 16th season in town.

This is a no-brainer move as La Russa will return to coach Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. With that collection of talent, contention is certain as long as the other positions average out to league-average.

While La Russa's decision was supposed to come sooner than Oct. 18, reports had the team and La Russa discussing the composition of the coaching staff. Those decisions have been put to rest, as every coach save for the bullpen coach will be offered contracts, including Mark McGwire.

The bullpen coach who now finds himself without a job is Marty Mason, a longtime right-hand man of Dave Duncan, as Joe Strauss reports for the Post-Dispatch . Mason's departure was announced prior to any formal announcement of La Russa's return.

Mason has been in his position for 12 seasons after serving as Triple-A pitching coach from 1997-99. Despite his longstanding affiliation with La Russa and Duncan, it wasn't enough to save his job as club sources told Strauss Mason's concern on the "integrity of the player development pipeline" is what led to his dismissal.

Regardless of any disagreements Mason may have had with GM John Mozeliak, it's still a curious move. He has presided over what has been a largely successful bullpen, ranking sixth in NL relief ERA in 2010 and fourth in 2009. He was also popular with the team's pitchers.

As Strauss writes:


Pitchers frequently credited Mason as the go-to man for mechanical issues and described the working relationship between he and Duncan as a major reason for the team's tradition of pitching success. While Duncan is typically viewed as stoic, pensive and even intimidating to some younger arms, Mason served as a folksy buffer also adept at breaking down a pitcher's delivery.
La Russa holds a 1,318-1,110 mark for the Cardinals and has 2,638 wins overall split between the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. If he manages for two more seasons, he will move into second place in total victories as manager, supplanting John McGraw. If St. Louis can somehow cobble together a 126-win squad -- which would be a record -- La Russa would move into second place in 2011. First place with Connie Mack is out of reach with an incredible 3,731 wins in 53 years of managing. Mack's career 3,948 losses is also safe, so La Russa would have the most wins by a manager who also won more than he lost.



Eric Wedge was formally announced as the Mariners manager, with a press conference to come Tuesday. Wedge reportedly blew away the Mariners front office in his interviews, vaulting him over Bobby Valentine as the preferred choice.

The loss of Wedge might just be the Pirates' gain, however, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out. Rob Biertempfel notes that Wedge is much like ex-Pirates skipper John Russell in that the two don't show emotion. That was one of the major knocks against Russell, so Biertempfel wonders if the Pirates didn't dodge a bullet on losing the perceived frontrunner in Wedge.

With the Marlins seemingly poised to leap on Bo Porter, that leaves Pittsburgh with five candidates: Dale Sveum, Jeff Banister, Ken Macha, John Gibbons and Carlos Tosca. It is unknown if there are more interviews in the pipeline.

Of these five candidates, Biertempfel tabs Gibbons as the victor.

"He seems to have many of the qualifications for the gig -- a livelier personality than Russell, knowledge of what it takes to succeed in a so-called mid-market [Toronto], the ability to teach and motivate younger players, a bit of major league experience and a [I would presume] a reasonable price tag," he writes.

In the other three vacancies for the Cubs, Brewers and Mets there have not been any recent developments. Mike Quade and Bob Melvin are still the favorites for the Cubs and Brewers respectively, while the Mets want to hire a GM first.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:34 am

Pirates interview Tosca

Carlos Tosca The Pirates have interviewed former Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca, the team announced. He's the second former Toronto skipper to interview with the team, along with John Gibbons, and seventh overall.

Tosca had a 191-191 record from 2002-04 in Toronto. He most recently served as the Marlins bench coach from 2007-10. He was named Fredi Gonzalez's bench coach in Atlanta, but has yet to sign a contract.

Pittsburgh has also interviewed Dale Sveum, Eric Wedge, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Jeff Banister.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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