The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons are "likely" going to part ways at the end of the season, according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.
Gibbons, 56, is signed through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. But Simmons suggests that the end is coming for the 56-year-old skipper in Toronto, and that Gibbons "will be working in baseball next season for another team, likely in another position."
After leading the team to the 2015 and 2016 ALCS, Gibbons and the Blue Jays have been mired in mediocrity. The team is destined to reach its second consecutive losing, non-playoff season. As the Blue Jays prepare to rebuild the roster, a managerial change may be the best for both the organization and Gibbons himself.
Gibbons is in his 11th season as manager of the Blue Jays, and carries a 775-768 record entering play on Sunday. But with only two playoff appearances under his leadership and a handful of frustrating seasons, it appears as though Gibbons is certainly on his last ride as manager of Canada's baseball team.
In a recent interview with MLB Radio Network, Gibbons admitted he didn't want to manage through a rebuilding process, and that the Blue Jays may benefit from a change of leadership. That certainly sounds like a man who's nearing the end of his run as manager of the Blue Jays.
Toronto is nowhere close to contending with other AL East foes in the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. There are too many past-their-prime veterans on the roster that'll surely not be back here in 2019, but lots of great up-and-coming talents such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.
And when it comes to rebuilding in professional sports, a change in coaching and managing is often necessary. For the Blue Jays, they appear ready to make their first managerial change in six years.