Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos: 'Blame me'

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says he will not fire John Gibbons, saying better starting pitching...

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says he will not fire John Gibbons, saying better starting pitching would have helped his manager out this year. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

TORONTO - Alex Anthopoulos will not do the easy thing or popular thing and fire manager John Gibbons.

He doesn’t believe firing the manager will accomplish anything in this mess of a Blue Jays season. He doesn’t believe change at the managerial position is necessary for this season — or the next. And he doesn’t believe in making a sacrificial move just to appease frustrated fans or a rather engaged media.

“John Gibbons isn’t going anywhere,” said Anthopoulos in an hour-long interview, prior to reiterating similar thoughts at a media scrum outside the Blue Jays’ dugout. “There’s nothing going on with our manager. There’s nothing wrong with our manager and there are no plans to make a change.

“I don’t think changing managers would accomplish anything.”

Anthopoulos said he is aware of the ongoing debate regarding Gibbons’ stewardship and the Jays’ lack of success, but won’t get involved in any kind of populist argument.

“Listen, there are going to be articles, stories, that’s part of sports. I don’t listen to talk radio,” the Jays general manager said. “I don’t read newspapers. If I do that, it’s already hard enough to not play well and feel the way you feel. It only compounds things if you’re reading or hearing constant negativity. If you’re already hard on yourself — and I am — reading and listening doesn’t help any.

“It’s easy to place the blame on one person. I can’t tell you it just comes down to the (pitching) rotation and that’s it, but I do think it’s a huge part of it. But I can tell you Gibby would be a much better manager if we had better starters for him.


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