The Toronto Blue Jays have officially found their new manager.
John Schneider had taken over the managerial reins on an interim basis once Charlie Montoyo was fired back on July 13. He helped stabilize the clubhouse while guiding the team to the first Wild Card spot and a 46-28 record down the stretch.
John Schneider right choice for Toronto Blue Jays
Although the Blue Jays’ time in the postseason lasted just two games, it was clear that Schneider had made a difference. The players wanted him to remain as their manager. On Friday, the Blue Jays officially removed the interim tag from Schneider, signing him to a three year deal with a team option for 2026.
Interestingly, Schneider is the third interim manager to be given the job for 2023. Rob Thomson earned his spot as he brought the Phillies to the postseason and the Angels are giving Phil Nevin another chance next season. It is entirely possible that a fourth, Miguel Cairo, takes over on the White Sox.
Yet Schneider may be facing more pressure than those other interim managers. The Blue Jays are built to win and to win now. Reaching the postseason is great, but the franchise is eyeing more than a spot in the playoffs.
It is now on Schneider to deliver. The Blue Jays listened to the players and gave them the person they had rallied behind. They had lauded his communication skills, willingness to trust the players, and how he stabilized the clubhouse. It is now up to those players to step up for Schneider, not just reaching the playoffs in 2023, but to also win a game in the postseason and go on a run.
The Toronto Blue Jays are making the right move in giving the managerial role to John Schneider. The pressure is squarely on his shoulders now.