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Blue Jays Hire John Gibbons as New Manager

M. David Leeds/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After making a blockbuster trade that will give the team a brand new look, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to their past for leadership as the team has hired John Gibbons as their new manager.

Gibbons is actually the franchises third winningest manager in Blue Jays history so he's more than familiar with the organization. He managed the team from 2004-2008 and went 305-305 during that time. He was fired during the 2008 season when the team started 35-39. He will replace John Farrell, who was recently hired by the Boston Red Sox.

Gibbons was most recently the manager of the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League for the San Diego Padres organization.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos had made it known that he wanted a manager familiar with the organization and city, but his hire of Gibbons is considered a surprise move.

The team recently agreed to a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins. They acquired Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonafacio and John Buck.

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