Former John Gibbons, manager of Toronto Blue Jays, will interview for the The Houston Astros vacant executive role Thursday, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The interview was first reported by FOX 26’s Mark Berman in Houston.

A month after the start of spring training, the Astros are looking for a manager after shooting A.J. Hinch in the wake of MLB’s discoveries from the 2017 sign theft scandal. Hinch led Astros to a World Series title in 2017, as well as another American League pennant in 2019.

Gibbons, 57, has collected all 11 years of his managerial experience with the Blue Jays. His career record was 793-789 (.501).

It was a two-part assignment: first, he took over half of the season in 2004 and was fired mid-season in 2008. Then, he took over in 2013 and lasted until 2018, at which point the Blue Jays have announced that it would not be retained (although it has been signed until 2019).

Under Gibbons, the Blue Jays have had their most successful seasons in recent decades, reaching ALCS in 2015 and 2016.

Although born in Montana, Gibbons played baseball in high school in San Antonio, Texas.

Anyone who takes over as manager of the Astros will be given the keys to a team in win-now mode, led by the Cy Young winner in charge Second classified Justin Verlander and MVP Alex Bregman.

Houston is also looking for its next general manager, as ex-GM Jeff Luhnow has also been fired for his role in the Astros sign theft scandal.


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