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Gibbons to leave Blue Jays at end of season

September 26 2018 8:42 PM

John Gibbons' second stint as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays will come to and end at the conclusion of the 2018 MLB season.

Gibbons has managed the Blue Jays since 2013 and led the team to the American League Championship Series in 2015 and 2016.

But Toronto will finish with a second consecutive losing season and the front office has decided to dispense with the 56-year-old, who previously led the team from 2004 until 2008.

"Ultimately what we’ve decided is that John will not be returning as our manager," Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said.

"You don't come to those decision easily, they're very difficult. But ultimately because of who he is as a man and our respect for him, we are here."

Gibbons had a sense of humoir about the move as he joked: "We kept that secret pretty good, didn’t we?"

He continued: "We have been talking the last couple of months … Ross and I are on good terms. It's just one of those things that happens in baseball."

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