A few weeks ago, John Gibbons was thought to be a veteran option that could fix the Astros’ or Red Sox’s sticky situation. He even interviewed with Houston. Now, he will be taking a more passive role instead, joining the Braves as a scout.
John Gibbons is back in baseball. Former Blue Jay Dana Brown has hired him as a national amateur scouting crosschecker with the Atlanta Braves.
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) February 17, 2020
The connection between Gibbons and the Braves is quite obvious. He was the Blue Jays’ manager during his second stint with the team, while Alex Anthopoulos was the general manager. He has also served as an assistant coach for the Kansas City Royals. Overall, he has a hair over a .500 career record as a manager.
Anthopoulos has been slowly but surely retooling the scouting department ever since his arrival in Atlanta and likes Gibbons’ eye for talent. It appears he and Dana Brown will have him scouting MLB Draft prospects:
John Gibbons joining the #Braves as a special assignment scout, starting with evaluating draft prospects. Reunites with former #BlueJays GM Alex Anthopoulos, who always admired Gibbons' evaluation skills, and Dana Brown, who made the hire. @simmonssteve first with move
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) February 17, 2020
It doesn’t look like this will not be a full-time gig for Gibbons, but he will serve as an extra pair of eyes for Atlanta, which can never hurt.
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