Since announcing the departure of manager John Gibbons, the Blue Jays have begun their search for a new skipper as they look to return to contention for the first time since back-to-back playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016. The search is now well underway, with the Jays narrowing a broad list of candidates to a smaller group that warrants closer consideration.
As we have done with other openings of this kind, we’ll use this post to track the most recent developments in the hiring process in Toronto.
Latest Update – October 18
- The Blue Jays also interviewed former Toronto third baseman and current Athletics coordinator of instruction Ed Sprague for the position, reports Bob Elliott of the Canadian Baseball Network (Twitter link). It’s not clear whether he’s among the five finalists, though Davidi’s prior report that the team is down to five finalists only mentioned four concrete names. It’s not clear of Sprague is the fifth or if he interviewed but did not make it beyond the first round.
- As they launch a second round featuring in-person interviews, the Jays are already “believed to be down to five candidates,” per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. He cites Espada, Bell, Baldelli, and Hyde as four of the candidates who are expected to remain in the hunt, though he notes that the team wouldn’t confirm that group.
Full summation of the Blue Jays’ managerial search below: