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Friday, December 09, 2022

Blue Jays agree to a 3-year deal with manager Schneider

TORONTO ( Associated Press) – The Toronto Blue Jays rewarded John Schneider for his solid performance as their interim manager and on Friday agreed a three-year contract with him to manage the team.

Schneider, 42, a former Toronto bench coach, went 46-28 as interim manager after replacing Charlie Montoyo in July. Toronto earned the first wild-card spot in the American League with a 92–70 record, but were knocked out of the playoffs in two games by touring Seattle, taking an 8–1 lead in Game 2 and falling to 10–9.

“Through his exceptional preparation, communication, positive energy and relationships within the clubhouse, John showed us he was the right leader for this team,” team general manager Ross Atkins said in a statement.

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Atkins indicated at the end of Toronto’s season that Schneider would return.

“I think it will be very difficult for us to find something better than John Schneider,” Atkins said.

Drafted by Toronto in 2002, Schneider was a minor league catcher for six seasons before becoming minor league manager in 2009. He managed the minors for 10 seasons, winning championships at three levels before joining the Blue Jays staff in 2019. He became the bench coach. Before the 2022 campaign.

Schneider was named Eastern League Manager of the Year after his team, Double-A New Hampshire, won the league title in 2018. That team included current Blue Jays players Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Bigio.

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Schneider’s contract includes a team option to extend the agreement until 2026. He is the 14th manager in the history of the Blue Jays.

“I am honored, excited and deeply grateful to continue guiding this extraordinary group of players, coaches and staff,” Schneider said in a statement.

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