Blue Jays make managerial & coaching changes



    TORONTO and PITTSBURGH, June 20 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have
relieved Manager JOHN GIBBONS of his duties along with coaches MARTY PEVEY,
ERNIE WHITT and GARY DENBO. In uniform tonight will be Manager CITO GASTON,
First Base Coach DWAYNE MURPHY, Third Base Coach NICK LEYVA and Hitting Coach
GENE TENACE.
    GASTON, 64, becomes the first two time manager of the Blue Jays moving
over from his position as Club Ambassador and Special Assistant to the
President and CEO. Gaston managed the Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997 and led the
team to four play-off appearances including back to back World Series
Championships in 1992 & 1993. One of nine men inducted to the Toronto Blue
Jays Level of Excellence, he owns a career 681-635 record as manager in a
franchise high 1,316 games. The former Major League outfielder was the clubs
Hitting Coach from 1982 to 1989 and again in 2000 and 2001.
    LEYVA, 54, returns to the Blue Jays where he served as Third Base Coach
from 1993 to 1997 as a member of Cito Gaston's staff. The Ontario, California
native also managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1989 to 1991 with a record
of 148-189. Prior to joining the Phillies he coached for five seasons with
Whitey Herzog and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1984-1988. The former minor
league infielder joins the club after serving as the Milwaukee Brewers Third
Base Coach in 2007.
    MURPHY, 53, moves from his position as Blue Jays Roving Minor League
Hitting Instructor to coach first base. The Merced, California native played
in 1,360 Major League games with Oakland (1978-1987), Detroit (1988) and
Philadelphia (1989) and captured six consecutive Gold Gloves from 1980 to
1985. He joined the Blue Jays organization in 2005 coaching for Syracuse of
the International League (AAA) before being named Roving Hitting Instructor in
2007. He also coached in the Majors for the Arizona Diamondbacks as First Base
& Outfield Coach (1998-2000) and then as Hitting Coach in 2001.
    TENACE, 61, returns to Cito Gaston's staff, a position he held from 1990
to 1997 serving as Hitting Coach and Bench Coach. He also served as Interim
Manager compiling a 21-15 record. Tenace is a winner of six World Series
Championships, two as a coach with the Blue Jays and four during his playing
career, three as a member of the Oakland Athletics and one with the St. Louis
Cardinals. Tenace, the 1972 World Series MVP, was a career .241 hitter with
201 home runs and 674 RBI over seasons with Oakland (1969-1976), San Diego
(1977-1980), St. Louis (1981-1982) and Pittsburgh (1983). In 2007 worked for
the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
    GIBBONS, 46, began managing the Blue Jays in 2004 and has compiled a
career 305-305 record in time. The San Antonio, Texas resident joined the Blue
Jays coaching staff in 2002 starting as a Bullpen Catcher before moving to
first base Coach later that season, a position he held until being named
interim manager on August 8, 2004. Following the season was named the ninth
full-time manager in club history.





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