Toronto Blue Jays remove ‘interim’ tag from John Schneider making him team’s 14th manager; turned young team into playoff contenders

John Schneider

October 21st, 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with John Schneider on a three-year contract as Manager for the 2023, 2024, and 2025 seasons, with a team option for the 2026 season.

Schneider, 42, was named Interim Manager of the Blue Jays on July 13, leading the club to a 46-28 record over the remaining 74 games of the regular season. The .622 winning percentage is the highest ever by a Toronto skipper, with a minimum of 10 games managed, in his first season at the helm.

A native of Princeton, NJ, Schneider has been a Blue Jay for the entirety of his professional baseball career. He was drafted by the club in 2002, as a catcher, and played six Minor League seasons before making the transition to an organizational coaching role in 2008. He went on to successfully manage teams at five different levels within the organization, from 2009 to 2018, winning championships with Class-A Vancouver, Advanced-A Dunedin, and Double-A New Hampshire. Schneider joined the big league squad as Major League Coach in 2019 and was promoted to Bench Coach just prior to the 2022 season.

“I am honoured, excited, and deeply humbled to continue leading this extraordinary group of players, coaches, and staff,” said Schneider. “This organization has made me feel at home since day one. So many people have had a hand in helping me get here, and becoming Manager of the Blue Jays is not something I take lightly. My family and I love Toronto and I can’t wait to build upon an already great group of players and bring a World Series back to all our fans across Canada.”

“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,” said Ross Atkins, EVP of Baseball Operations & General Manager. “His passion for the game, commitment to the job, and impact in the dugout have been driving forces behind our success. We look forward to working together and coming back as a stronger team for the 2023 season.”

Schneider is the 14th Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, since the franchise debuted in 1977.

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