06/03/2002 6:51 pm ET
Blue Jays name Carlos Tosca as manager
The Toronto Blue Jays have relieved Manager Buck Martinez and First Base Coach Garth Iorg from their positions and have named Carlos Tosca as the ninth manager in club history. Bullpen catcher John Gibbons will be the new first base coach and Brian Butterfield has been hired to coach third base
Tosca, 48, will be the ninth manager in club history. This is his first season with the Blue Jays after being named as third base coach on December 10, 2001. The native of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, will be making his major league managerial debut after amassing a 932-827 record in 1,759 games as a minor league manager. Tosca, who last season managed the Atlanta Braves AAA affiliate in Richmond of the International League, also coached in the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998 to 2000 as the bench coach. The 5-7, 158 lbs. graduate of the University of Southern Florida worked in the minor leagues for the New York Yankees (1978- 1986), Kansas City Royals (1988- 1991), Florida Marlins (1992- 1997) and the Atlanta Braves (2001).
Gibbons, 39, is in his first season with Toronto after spending the previous seven seasons as a minor league manager. The 5-11, 185 lb. native of Great Falls, Montana played for 11 seasons and appeared in 18 games with the New York Mets over parts of three seasons (1985, 1986, 1987). Gibbons hit .220 with one home run and two RBI for the Mets. Prior to joining Toronto he spent his entire coaching career in the Mets organization, from 1991- 2001, posting a 482-420 record in 902 games as a manager.
Butterfield, 42, opened the 2002 season as the manager of the Columbus Clippers, the New York Yankees AAA affiliate in the International League, before being let go on May 16. The native of Bangor, Maine has spent five seasons in the majors league as a third base coach, with the New York Yankees in 1994 - 1995 and with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998 to 2000.
Martinez, 53, was in his second season as manager of the Blue Jays and posted a 100-115 record. The former Blue Jays catcher was named as the manager on November 3, 2000 and was signed to a three-year contract. On the field Martinez appeared in 454 games for Toronto and hit .225 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI.
Iorg, 47, was in his second season as the first base coach for the Blue Jays. Iorg has coached or managed in the Blue Jays organization since 1990 after spending his entire major league playing career with Toronto. The Knoxville, Tennessee resident appeared in 931 games for the Blue Jays posting a .258 average with 20 home runs and 238 RBI.