Evidently the powers that be in baseball doesn’t fully blame John Gibbons for the Jays’ poor hitting with RISP in the first half or Adam Lind and Travis Snider’s inability to contribute to the team’s offense while in the minor leagues. It may only be with the Royals, but John Gibbons is back in the bigs as a bench coach.
That’s usually the guy who fills out the lineup card (or gets fired for messing it up) and whispers sweet nothings like “this guy can hit” or “lefty coming up” in the managers ear (thankfully also a Texan as well as the first base coach). In Gibby’s own words:
“There’s a lot that goes on in the game, probably more than people sitting there watching the game realize. Things happen fast,” Gibbons said of the bench-coach role. “I think I can definitely help Trey. I know the league and I’ve been around long enough to know the different teams a little bit. But it comes down to what he wants out of me.”
The Royals may be one of the few (2) teams with a longer playoff drought, but that’s still a pretty sweet gig compared to taking the lion’s share of the blame for a perennial underachiever of a team in a brutal division. Way to go, Gibby.