John Gibbons wasn't hired by another MLB team for the 2019 season after parting ways with the Toronto Blue Jays a year ago, but he's still keen on returning to managing at the professional level.
In an interview with John Lott of The Athletic, Gibbons said that he's "contacted three teams" in hopes of finding a potential "match." Gibbons was previously involved with the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.
The Philadelphia Phillies fired Gabe Kapler earlier this week, leaving eight managerial spots up for grabs. The Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are also searching for new managers.
Joe Maddon, who parted ways with the Cubs following a miserable September meltdown, has been heavily linked to the Angels and the Padres. Los Angeles has been widely reported to be the favorite to land Maddon.
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is also among the biggest names available. The Pinstripes moved on from him after losing Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS, and the 2009 World Series champion manager wasn't hired in either of the past two seasons.
Gibbons first took over as Blue Jays manager during the 2004 season, when Carlos Tosca was fired following a 47-64 start. The Blue Jays retained Gibbons until the 2008 campaign, when he was let go mid-season after the team started out just 35-39.
But Gibbons was brought back following the departure of John Farrell in 2013. He led the Blue Jays to three straight winning seasons from 2014 to 2016. This included an AL East division title in 2015, and the Jays made the ALCS in consecutive years. He and the Blue Jays split after the team went 73-89 in 2017.
Managers With Experience Have It Tough
Some teams may decide they want to roll with a veteran manager with decades of coaching experience like Gibbons. However, the majority of hires today are younger guys that didn't serve in managerial roles before, as Lott pointed out. This includes Alex Cora (Boston), Aaron Boone (New York Yankees) and Rocco Baldelli (Minnesota).
As such, it's going to be hard for Gibbons to land another managerial role, although he should have little to no problems in finding a different coaching job.