Blue Jays remove interim tag, sign John Schneider to 3-year extension
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Friday, October 21, 2022
TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays are officially cementing themselves into the John Schneider era.
The team has removed the interim tag from Schneider’s title and rewarded the 42-year-old’s efforts with a three-year deal extending until 2026 with a fourth year option.
The former catcher replaced the fired Charlie Montoyo on July 13 and led the team to a 46-28 finish that secured the top wild-card spot. The effort was good enough to bring postseason baseball back to the Rogers Centre for the first time since 2016. Unfortunately they were ultimately swept by the Seattle Mariners in two games following a colossal collapse in game 2 which saw them blow a seven-run-lead.
The loss brought about much speculation surrounding Schneider's ability to lead this club in crucial moments as the skipper spearheaded some questionable moves in the playoff losses. But many recognize the short-lived postseason run was as a result of problems extending beyond Schneider’s ability to make decisions.
“Through his exceptional preparation, communication, positive energy, and relationships within the clubhouse, John demonstrated to us that he was the right leader for this team,” GM Ross Atkins said in a statement. “His passion for the game, commitment to the job, and impact in the dugout have been driving forces behind our success.”
Schneider began coaching within the Toronto Blue Jays’ system back in 2008 before slowly climbing the ranks. Along the way he coached many notable names from the current roster including Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Tim Mayza, Jordan Romano, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Danny Jansen, and Santiago Espinal.
Schneider joined Montoyo’s staff in 2019 where he served as the catcher’s coach, and eventually a bench coach, before stepping into the lead role.
(Featured image from MLB)