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John Gibbons #5

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APPOINTED: Named as the Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time on Nov. 20, 2012...Was appointed on Oct. 4, 2004 in his first stint as manager through to June 20, 2008.

PERSONAL: John Michael Gibbons...Graduated from MacArthur High School in San Antonio, TX where he was an All-District and All-City selection...Spent parts of three seasons as a catcher with the Mets.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Was a first round selection by the New York Mets in the 1980 draft...Named as the lone catcher on the post-season All-Star Team in 1983 for Jackson in the Texas League... Shared the Doubleday Award with Herm Winningham as the club's Most Valuable Player...Made his ML debut on Apr. 11, 1984 vs Atlanta going 0-5 with an RBI in a 6-1 victory... First ML hit was a single against the Expos' Bryn Smith in the Mets home opener on Apr. 17...Selected to appear in the International League All-Star Game and was named to the year end All-Star team in 1987...Appeared in eight games for the Mets in 1986 hitting .474 with a home run and an RBI... Hit safely in each of the five games he started for the Mets... As a starter was 9-18... On Sept. 20 vs. the Phillies collected a career-high four hits and belted his only ML home run against Mike Jackson, a solo shot in a 9-5 win...Hit two grand slams in 1987 to become the Tidewater franchise leader in slams with five...Joined the Dodgers organization on Apr. 1, 1988 being traded for IF Craig Shipley...Joined the Texas Rangers organization as a free agent in 1989 and spent the entire season with Oklahoma of the American Association (AAA)...In 1990, joined the Phillies organization and spent the season with Scranton of the International League (AAA)

COACHING CAREER: Spent first four seasons in Mets organization as a roving Minor League instructor and coach at Capital City (A)...Made his managerial debut in 1995 and led Kingsport to the Appalachian League Championship (A)... Was named the Appalachian League Manager of the Year after posting a 48-18 record in the regular season...Captured his second championship in as many years as he led St. Lucie to a Florida State League (A) Championship in 1996...Was the Eastern League Manager of the Year in 1998 at Binghamton and winner of the Casey Stengel Award as the Mets organizational Manager of the Year...Spent three seasons leading the Norfolk Tides of the International League (AAA)... Led the Tides to a first-place finish in 2001 after posting an 85-57 record...Named bullpen catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays on Jan. 1, 2002... Promoted to first-base coach on June 3, 2002...Managed three games as interim manager in place of Carlos Tosca during the 2003 season, winning all three games...Was named interim manager of the Blue Jays on Aug. 8, 2004, after Carlos Tosca was relieved of his duties... Appointed as the ninth full-time manager in Blue Jays history on Oct. 4, 2004...Remained in the role as manager until June 20, 2008 finishing with a 305-305 record, highlighted by an 87-75 record and second place finish in 2006...Spent three seasons as the Kansas City Royals Bench Coach from 2009-2011...Managed the San Antonio Missions (AA) of the Texas League in the San Diego Padres organization, finishing with a 60-80 record...Returns for a third season in his second term and seventh overall...Is 157-167 in his second term.

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