TORONTO - Alex Anthopoulos will not do the easy thing or popular thing and fire manager John Gibbons.
He doesnít believe firing the manager will accomplish anything in this mess of a Blue Jays season. He doesnít believe change at the managerial position is necessary for this season ó or the next. And he doesnít believe in making a sacrificial move just to appease frustrated fans or a rather engaged media.
ďJohn Gibbons isnít going anywhere,Ē said Anthopoulos in an hour-long interview, prior to reiterating similar thoughts at a media scrum outside the Blue Jaysí dugout. ďThereís nothing going on with our manager. Thereís nothing wrong with our manager and there are no plans to make a change.
ďI donít think changing managers would accomplish anything.Ē
Anthopoulos said he is aware of the ongoing debate regarding Gibbonsí stewardship and the Jaysí lack of success, but wonít get involved in any kind of populist argument.
ďListen, there are going to be articles, stories, thatís part of sports. I donít listen to talk radio,Ē the Jays general manager said. ďI donít read newspapers. If I do that, itís already hard enough to not play well and feel the way you feel. It only compounds things if youíre reading or hearing constant negativity. If youíre already hard on yourself ó and I am ó reading and listening doesnít help any.
ďItís easy to place the blame on one person. I canít tell you it just comes down to the (pitching) rotation and thatís it, but I do think itís a huge part of it. But I can tell you Gibby would be a much better manager if we had better starters for him.