When Eric Wedge joined the Toronto Blue Jays as a player development advisor in 2016, there was immediate speculation that he would eventually take over as the team’s manager because of his ties to Mark Shapiro from their time together with the Cleveland Indians.
With current Blue Jays manager John Gibbons reportedly not returning for the 2019 season, it’s time for the rumour mill to go into high gear once again as the club searches for a replacement.
If OddsShark’s latest betting odds are any indication (like they were with the Toronto Raptors landing Kawhi Leonard), Wedge finds himself in pole position to take over the reins in Toronto.
Wedge is certainly qualified for the job, having managed the Indians from 2003-09 and the Seattle Mariners from 2011-13. The 50-year-old was the American League Manager of the Year in 2007.
After Wedge it’s a four-way tie between current bench coach DeMarlo Hale, New Hampshire Fisher Cats manager John Schneider, three-time MLB all-star Sean Casey, and former Blue Jays fan favourite John McDonald. Other notable names on the list are Joe Girardi, Mike Matheny and ex-Jays manager John Farrell.