General Managers

Alex Anthopoulos

About Alex
Born: May 25, 1977 — Montreal, QC
Years: 2009-Present
Best Years: A.L. East Champions – 2015.

Anthopoulos is the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was appointed to this position from his former position of Assistant General Manager on October 3, 2009, after previous GM J. P. Ricciardi was fired. Anthopoulos came to the Blue Jays in 2003 as a scouting coordinator, after working in the Montreal Expos organization starting in 2000.

J.P. Ricciardi

About J.P.
Born: Sept. 26, 1959 — Worcester, MA
Years: 2002-2009
Best Years: 2nd place in A.L. East, 2006.

Ricciardi Impressed by the success Ricciardi and Beane were having with the low-budget Athletics, the Toronto Blue Jays, who sought to cut payroll while becoming more competitive after their acquisition by Canadian media giant Rogers Communications, sought Ricciardi’s services after firing then-general manager Gord Ash.

 

On November 14, 2001, Ricciardi was hired as general manager of the Blue Jays. He signed a five-year contract with Toronto after the 2002 season, which was extended to 2010 after the 2005 season. Ricciardi’s arrival in Toronto was greeted with great optimism and enthusiasm after the team had suffered through several disappointing seasons. The enthusiasm steadily waned, however, as the team repeatedly failed to qualify for the postseason.

Gord Ash

About Gord
Born: Dec. 20, 1951 — Toronto, ONT
Years: 1994-2001
Best Years: Five 3rd place finishes.

Ash received a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in 1974. After graduating, he started at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce working in a branch. In 1978, he joined the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club in the ticket department. He quickly became Operations Supervisor in 1979, Assistant Director of Stadium Operations in 1980, Administrator of Player Personnel in 1984, and Assistant General Manager in 1989.

 

From 1995 to 2001, he was the general manager. During his time he made many noteworthy draft picks, such as Roy Halladay, Craig Wilson, and Ryan Freel in 1995, Billy Koch in 1996, Vernon Wells, Michael Young, and Orlando Hudson in 1997, Felipe López in 1998, and Alex Ríos in 1999. A number of these prospects, most notably Michael Young, ended up being traded away before they fully developed. During his tenure, Toronto would finish no higher than 3rd in the AL East and the Blue Jays ended up with a record of 541–575 over that span.

Pat Gillick

About Pat
Born: August 22, 1937 — Chico, California
Years: 1977-1994
Best Years: 5x Division Titles 2x World Series Titles

Gillick retired from playing and began a front-office career in 1963, when he became the assistant farm director with the Houston Astros. He would eventually work his way up to the position of Director of Scouting before moving to the New York Yankees system in 1974, as a Coordinator of Player Development. In 1976, he moved again, this time to the expansion Toronto Blue Jays, becoming their Vice President of Player Personnel, and in 1977, their Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager.

 

In 1984, he was named Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.As Toronto’s general manager, Gillick won five division titles (1985, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993) and led the club to their first World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Shortly after Gillick left, the Blue Jays went into decline, not finishing higher than third place until the 2006 season.

Peter Bavasi

About Peter
Born: Bronxville, NY – 1942
Years: 1976-77
Best Years:

Bavasi competed with Frank Cashen, whose previous experience was with the Baltimore Orioles, for the position of general manager of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Although some of the club’s board members preferred Bavasi because of his interest in the marketing aspect of baseball, the original choice was Cashen. After Cashen withdrew, Bavasi won the job. He was appointed on June 18, 1976.

 

Bavasi was considered the orchestrator of Blue Jay Mania. Bavasi’s strategy from the beginning was to seek public involvement in Blue Jays development. A name the team contest was held in which Blue Jays was the winning selection. When it came to the development of a team logo, Bavasi sought a symbol as easily recognizable as Kroc’s golden arches. The logo featured a Blue Jay, superimposed on a baseball with a red maple leaf stuck in its ear.

 

Field Managers

Name
Years
G
W
L
W-L%
G+.500
Avg. Rank
Bobby Cox 1982-1985 648 355 292 .549 63 3.3
John Farrell 2011-2012 324 154 170 .475 -16 4.2
Jim Fregosi 1999-2000 324 167 157 .515 10 3.0
Cito Gaston 1989–97, 2008–10 1731 894 837 .516 57 2.9
John Gibbons 2004-08, 2013-Present 1096 555 541 .506 14 3.4
Roy Hartsfield 1977-1979 484 166 318 .343 -152 7.0
Tim Johnson 1998 163 88 74 .543 14 3.0
Buck Martinez 2001-2002 215 100 115 .465 -15 3.0
Bobby Mattick 1980-1981 268 104 164 .388 -60 7.0
Mel Queen 1997 5 4 1 .800 3 5.0
Gene Tenace 1991 33 19 14 .576 5 1.0
Carlos Tosca 2002-2004 382 191 191 .500 0 3.6
Jimy Williams 1986-1989 523 281 241 .538 40 2.9
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