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Monday, June 23, 2008  |  by 

A wise but grammatically-challenged man once said “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Well, last week the Blue Jays tossed out what was broken, and brought in what had worked before.

The firing of John Gibbons was not a surprise to most people; it was his replacement that was the shocker. When it was announced that Cito Gaston would be the new manager for the Blue Jays, I initially thought it was a joke. I didn’t think it was possible that the man who coached the Blue Jays to two World Series titles was returning - but it happened.

Some might say it was a PR move by J.P. Ricciardi, and in fact it may have been. But the truth is that the Blue Jays were already sinking to the bottom of the standings, and could not have been doing much worse. So now, Cito has the daunting task of bringing this team back up to .500, or maybe even a winning record.

I don’t think it was fair that John Gibbons got the axe, but unfortunately he was the fall-guy (along with Marty Peavy and Ernie Whitt). When a club plays as poorly as the Blue Jays have been, someone needs to be held accountable - and in most cases, it’s the head coach. So that means that Cito will also be held to that same standard. If he doesn’t turn this season around, he could be looking for a new job this fall.

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