APPOINTED: Replaced John Gibbons as Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on June 20, 2008
PERSONAL: Clarence Edwin Gaston... Married... Was a 1962 graduate of Holy Cross High School in Corpus Christi, Texas... Received honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto back on June 10, 1994... Named "The Sporting News" Sportsman of the Year in 1993... Named Baseball Man of the Year in Canada in 1989 by the Toronto-Montreal BBWAA... Roomed with Hank Aaron in 1975 while with the Braves... Was honoured by the Negro League Hall of Fame in 2008 with the Jackie Robinson Award for Career Acheivement.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: 1964: Originally signed by the Milwaukee Braves after an all-star career at Holy Cross High School 1965: Spent the season at West Palm Beach (A) 1966: Led the New York-Penn League in HR (28), RBI (104) & TB (255)... Named to the All-Star team & was the League MVP 1967: Made his ML debut on Sept. 14 vs. NYM (pinch run)... Started the season with Austin of the Texas League where he was named to the All-Star team. 1968: Split the season between Richmond & Shreveport batting .279 1969: Was the Padres 30th & final selection in the NL Expansion Draft. 1970: Represented the Padres in the All-Star game going 0-for-2... Was named Padres MVP 1971: Hit just .228 with 39 of 118 hits going for extra bases. 1972: Hit a grand slam pinch hit home run off Cubs' Ferguson Jenkins on June 14 1973: Marked the 3rd time in four years that he had reached double figures in home runs. 1974: Final season with San Diego & had average drop to .213, lowest in his career. 1975: Returned to the Braves after being traded for Danny Frisella on Nov. 7, 1974. 1976: Had best season since 1970 hitting .291 while appearing in 69 games. 1977: Played in just 56 games & hit .271 1978: Was his final season at the ML level... Started the season with the Braves & was sold to the Pirates on Sept. 22. 1979: Was invited to the Braves spring training camp... Was released & then played in the Inter-American League before the league folded on June 30. 1980: Completed playing career with Leon of the Mexican League, playing in 48 games.
COACHING & MANAGING CAREER: 1981: Joined the Braves as a minor league hitting instructor 1982-1989: Hired by then-Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, Bobby Cox, as the Club's first full-time batting instructor.
1985 POST-SEASON: Was the Blue Jays hitting instructor when Toronto captured 1st AL East title... The Club hit .269 vs. KC in the ALCS. 1989: Appointed interim manager on May 15, replacing Jimy Williams... Club was 77-49 overall from May 15 through season's end the best record in the Majors... Became the 24th rookie manager since 1900 to finish in 1st place... Named Baseball Man of the Year in Canada by the Toronto-Montreal BBWAA.
1989 POST-SEASON: First post-season as Toronto manager... Lost in five games to the Oakland A's 1990: Led the Blue Jays to 2nd place in the AL East, 2.0 games behind the Red Sox 1991: Was his 2nd full season at the helm, posting an overall 72-57 won-lost record as the Blue Jays finished in 1st place... Was his 2nd AL East Division title in three years as manager... Served as an AL coach at the all-star game... Experienced lower back problems (compressed nerve root) & was hospitalized for 10 days (Aug. 21-31)... The hitting coach, Gene Tenace, took over in his absence.
1991 POST-SEASON: Lost 4-1 to the Minnesota Twins in five games. 1992: Had back surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto on Jan. 7... Was 3rd year at the helm & led the Toronto Blue Jays to their first ever World Series title, winning a 7-game series vs. the Atlanta Braves.
1992 POST-SEASON: Guided the Blue Jays to their 1st ever World Series title... Became the 20th AL Manager since 1903 to win a World Series in his first attempt as Toronto defeated the Braves in six games (4-2). 1993: Won his 4th AL East Division crown & his 3rd consecutive, becoming just the second AL East manager to win three straight division championships since divisional play had started (Weaver-1969-1971, Herzog-1976-1978 & LaRussa- 1988-1990)... Became just the 3rd manager since 1969 to win four division titles in five years (Earl Weaver-BAL, Spark Anderson-CIN... Became the winningest manager in Blue Jays history passing Bobby Cox with his 356th victory with a 4-1 win over MIL on May 24... On June 20 vs. BOS became the Blue Jays leader in games managed with his 649th surpassing Bobby Cox... Named the Sporting News Sportsman of the Year along with then Blue Jays executive VP & GM Pat Gillick.
1993 POST SEASON: Guided the Blue Jays to their 2nd consecutive World Series title with a 4-2 series win over the Philadelphia Phillies... Was the first manager to win back to back titles since Sparky Anderson with the Reds from 1975- 1976... Was the first AL manager to accomplish the feat since Dick Williams with Oakland (1972-1973)... Is 18-16 lifetime in post-season play as manager. 1994: Suffered his first losing season as Toronto manager, finishing in 3rd place (55-60)... Suspended for three games (May 27-29)... Was his first ever suspension... Named the first winner of the Rube Foster Character Award. 1995: Suffered 2nd straight losing season, 56-88, finishing tied for last in the AL. 1996: His 15th season on the Blue Jays ML staff & 7th full season as manager, 8th overall... Finished in 4th place in the AL East (74-88), 3rd consecutive losing season... managed his 1000th game on Apr. 5 at CLE (won 7-1)... Captured win #600 on Sept. 8 (4-2 over NYY). 1997: Was relieved of his duties as Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 24, 1997... As Toronto manager, posted a regular season record of 681-635 (.517) from 1989-1997. 2000-2001: Hired as the Blue Jays hitting coach... As a Club, the Jays batted .275 with a Club record 244 home runs in 2000... In 2001, the Jays batted .263 with 195 home runs. 2005-2008: Has been a guest coach during Spring Training for the Club, working on the day-to-day activity with the players on the spring roster... Along with Pat Hentgen, was named as the 1st Club Ambassador & Special Assistant to the President & CEO (January of 2007). 2008: Named the Toronto Blue Jays Manager for the 2nd time in his career... Replaced former manager, John Gibbons, on June 20, 2008... Finished the season with a 51-37 record for a .580 winning percentage... This mark was the 3rd best record in the AL from the time of his appointment... Led the club on a late season 10 game win streak... Signed a two-year extension on September 25, 2008. 2009: Led the club to a 27-14 record thru May 18 and first place in the AL East, however went into the All-Star break two games under .500 at 44-46... Finished the season at 75-87 and a fourth place finish... Now has a 828-774 all-time record... The 828 wins are the most in franchise history... Bobby Cox ranks 2nd with 355 wins
CAREER NOTES: Is one of nine men on the Blue Jays Level of Excellence... Was enshrined in 1999... Leads the Blue Jays in games managed with 1,602 & wins with 828... Was the AL All-Star Manager in 1993 & 1994... Was an AL All-Star Coach in 1991... Guided the Blue Jays to back to back World Series titles in 1992 & 1993... Won two AL championships and four AL East titles.