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Shapiro: John Gibbons Will Return in 2017

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Manager John Gibbons #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during the fourth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 15, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 1-0. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Fresh off the heels of their series loss to the Cleveland Indians, the Blue Jays’ front office has already divulged some information about next season. While they have plenty of free agent decisions to make, they have confirmed that John Gibbons will be back next season. Shi Davidi has more from Shapiro:

“There’s a level of consistency with him in approach that is unflappable and I think that translates into toughness,” Shapiro said in an interview. “He’s the same guy and in a role like this, when people tend to go with the wind and get so impacted by the emotion that flies all around us, that stability, that strength and that toughness from a leader is a real asset.

“There’s no panic. He believes in the talent, he believes in his players, he believes in the process and he believes in all the work that’s been done to date. That gives us confidence, that gives the players confidence and the belief to hold true to the bigger picture. That’s a separator.”

The decision to bring back Gibbons shouldn’t come as a surprise. He is now the most successful manager that the team has had since Cito Gaston in the early 90s. The Blue Jays are bound to see significant turnover this off-season. They will benefit from having a stable presence in the manager’s office.

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