Gibbons returns with same approach from first stint

Gibbons returns with same approach from first stint

PHILADELPHIA -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will return to Rogers Centre on Tuesday and resume the position he held from 2004-08. Gibbons had multiple public run-ins with players in his first stint with Toronto, which begs the question whether he's made changes to his approach with this new-look Blue Jays team.

"The one thing I've always tried to do is be fair with them all," Gibbons said. "The thing is, with these jobs, things change, and you have to do what's best for the team. Especially in a year like this, where we're not just trying to develop guys, we know what this year is about."

It's not a stretch to say the Blue Jays enter this year with higher expectations than any season since their last playoff appearance in 1993, when they beat the Phillies -- their opponent this weekend in a two-game On Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park -- for the World Series title. With several additions, including National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes, the Blue Jays enter the year as one of the favorites to represent the American League in the World Series. That's a something Gibbons didn't experience the last time around.

"I never intentionally [ruffled feathers]," said Gibbons, who went 305-305 in his first stint as Blue Jays skipper. "I don't think I've changed that much. Not consciously have I done anything differently."

Mike Radano is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.