Monday, April 27, 2009

Jays to face former Manager Gibbons in KC

The opener of a four game set between the A.L. East leading Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals will feature a familiar face to the Blue Birds.

Former Jays manager John Gibbons will be in the opposing dugout against the club he led to a 305-305 record in 5 seasons at the helm as Manager. Gibbons is now the bench coach for an up and coming Royals ball club.

The Jays fired Gibbons 74 games into the 2008 campaign after the club slumped to a 35-39 record, eventually replacing him with current bench boss Cito Gaston.

Gibbons tumultuous tenure in Toronto included run-ins with players, most notably Shea Hillenbrand and Ted Lilly.

The Jays will attempt to set a club record with its 7th straight series victory to open a season.

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