Gibbons, who has faced numerous calls for his dismissal this week, said he believes he is the right person to lead the Blue Jays going forward. He hopes to return in 2014 and make a run at post-season contention.
“We really liked this team and thought we’d be very, very competitive and have a shot,” Gibbons said. “Sometimes things just don’t come together the right way, and sometimes you need to make adjustments off of that whether that’s me personally or the ballclub, and you make changes here or there.”
“It’s been a terrible year,” he continued. “I’m responsible for it. I’m the manager of the team.”
Gibbons said he and general manager Alex Anthopoulos have constant discussions about ways of improving the team for 2014. Both are intent on providing Blue Jays fans with the playoff team that many expected entering the 2013 season.
“This place would explode if this team took off and became relevant again,” Gibbons said.