Blue Jays fire manager Tosca, promote Gibbons
NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi had seen enough.
With the listless Blue Jays mired in last place in the AL East, Ricciardi fired manager Carlos Tosca on Sunday and promoted first-base coach John Gibbons to interim manager for the rest of the season.
"We may have been starting to mail it in a little bit," Ricciardi said.
Tosca was fired after the Blue Jays dropped their fifth straight game, an 8-2 loss to the New York Yankees. Toronto is 47-64, a season-high 17 games under .500 and 24 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees.
"We have six or seven weeks left in the season and the team showed signs of not playing hard," Ricciardi said. "We have an obligation to try and do as well as we can. It wasn't an easy decision. It never is when you have to tell someone who does what he loves that it's being taken away from him.
"Carlos has been in the game a long time and he knows how it works."
Tosca was in trouble when the Blue Jays started the season in reverse and his fate was sealed by an expanding disabled list that robbed him of Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, slugger Carlos Delgado and regulars Vernon Wells and Frank Catalanotto for long stretches.