Amid rumors that this is his final season as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, John Gibbons confessed that he wouldn't be interested in retaining his job if it meant leading a rebuilding group.
Appearing on MLB Network Radio (h/t Yahoo Canada Sports), the 56-year-old skipper gave hints that he's leaving Toronto at the end of the season, and explained why he wouldn't want to coach a team that's undergoing a rebuild.
"I’m not so sure I want to go through one of those things — a total rebuild," Gibbons said. "We’ll probably sit down … before it’s all said and done and talk that out.”
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier this week that the Blue Jays appeared "destined" to move on from 'Gibby', with Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun reporting that Gibbons has been informed his time as manager is running up.
The Blue Jays reached the ALCS in 2015 and 2016, and expectations naturally grew for 2017 and 2018. However, the Blue Jays are destined to miss the playoffs - with a losing record - for the second consecutive year. The front office shipped away a handful of veteran in the offseason, which is a clear sign they're ready to bring in their top prospects for 2019.
"Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. I guarantee you that," Gibbons said, in reference to losing possibly his job. "I learn to dismiss those things. It’s a reality tough. They inherited me here."
Entering play on Friday, Gibbons has compiled a 772-762 record as Blue Jays manager, but the team has only made the postseason twice in his 11 years at the helm. Fair or unfair, Gibbons seems like one of the many possible coaches who could lose their job after a dismal showing by the Blue Jays in 2018.
Gibbons has also added that he'd like to spend more time with his family and doesn't want to manage forever. So if he and the Jays part ways after the season, Gibbons could decide to retire from baseball for good.