Jays agree to terms with manager John Schneider on three-year deal

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The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Schneider have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with a crew choice for the 2026 season, the membership introduced Friday.

Schneider guided the Blue Jays to a 46-28 file after being promoted to interim skipper on July 13 following the departure of manager Charlie Montoyo.

The Blue Jays reached the playoffs however had been swept within the wild-card sequence by the Seattle Mariners.

Schneider, a 42-year-old native of Princeton, N.J., is the 14th manager in franchise historical past.

“I’m honoured, excited, and deeply humbled to proceed main this extraordinary group of gamers, coaches, and employees,” he stated in a information launch. “This group has made me really feel at house since Day 1. So many individuals have had a hand in serving to me get right here, and changing into manager of the Blue Jays isn’t one thing I take frivolously.

“My household and I like Toronto and I am unable to wait to construct upon an already nice group of gamers and produce a World Series again to all our followers throughout Canada.”

Interim manager John Schneider walks out of the Toronto Blue Jays dugout, earlier than interleague MLB motion in opposition to the Philadelphia Phillies in Toronto on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Schneider and normal manager Ross Atkins had been scheduled to attend a media availability later within the day at Rogers Centre.

“Through his distinctive preparation, communication, optimistic vitality, and relationships throughout the clubhouse, John demonstrated to us that he was the suitable chief for this crew,” Atkins stated. “His ardour for the sport, dedication to the job, and impression within the dugout have been driving forces behind our success.

“We look ahead to working collectively and coming again as a stronger crew for the 2023 season.”

After a mediocre first half, Toronto received 13 of 16 video games as soon as Schneider moved from bench coach to manager. A so-so August was adopted by an 18-10 September surge that basically sealed a playoff spot.

The .622 successful proportion is the very best ever by a Toronto skipper — with a minimal of 10 video games managed — in his first season on the helm.

As the highest wild-card seed, Toronto secured home-field benefit within the best-of-three first-round sequence in opposition to Seattle. However, the Mariners had been dominant in a 4-0 win within the opener and got here again from a seven-run deficit in Game 2.

Schneider was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2002 as a catcher and performed six minor-league seasons earlier than making the transition to teaching.

He later managed at 5 totally different ranges within the group from 2009-18, successful championships with Class-A Vancouver, Advanced-A Dunedin, and Double-A New Hampshire. Schneider joined the big-league teaching employees in 2019 and was promoted to bench coach earlier than this previous season.

The resolution to proceed with Schneider on the helm was not a shock.

Atkins stated late within the season that Schneider was “actually a long-term match” for the franchise. At an end-of-season availability, he added that “I feel it will likely be very tough for us to discover higher than John Schneider.”

One of Schneider’s principal targets might be to assist get the Blue Jays previous the primary spherical of the playoffs for the primary time since 2016. Toronto reached the American League Championship Series that 12 months after ending a 22-year post-season drought the 12 months earlier than.

The Blue Jays received the World Series in 1992 and 1993.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 21, 2022.

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