Former Toronto Blue Jays coach, Brian Butterfield, stated in an interview with WEEI in Boston that he was in talks with his former team for their vacant managerial position until the very end. The Blue Jays, of course, dipped into their past and hired John Gibbons to manage the club on Monday. Butterfield followed former Blue Jays manager John Farrell to Boston in October, but remained a candidate for the manager’s job in Toronto.

Butterfield, via Rob Bradford:

“[Toronto general manager] Alex [Anthopolous] and I have a great relationship, and he stayed in contact. It basically came down to the 11th-hour,” Butterfield said from his home in Maine. “There were certain things he wanted in his next manager. When push came to shove and they were trying to narrow down the list, and Alex even told me this, he really had to have a guy who had previous major league managing experience. I felt like I was right there in the hunt at the end, just like I was in 2010 when they selected John.”

Butterfield, given his familiarity with the team and great work he did with the club’s infield defense, was considered by many observers to be an obvious successor to Farrell. Although he eventually left the Blue Jays to take a third base coach position with the Red Sox, Butterfield indicated that he was very interested in the Blue Jays job:

“My top priority as things went down after John [Farrell] left was have the possibility of being the manager of Toronto. I was given that opportunity in an interview and it was soon after that that John called and offered me the third-base coaching job with Boston. I think it was the first time in my career I feel like I was in a win-win situation. I initially wanted to manage that club in Toronto, but that didn’t work out and they wanted to go in another direction. So I could think of nothing better than to come back home and be the third-base coach of the Boston Red Sox.”

Not that anyone should be surprised that Butterfield was in play on the Blue Jays managerial position until the end, but his candidacy on the process gives us a further look into the stealthy ways of Alex Anthopolous.

Image via Toronto Star

Comments (25)

  1. So he was in discussion to be manager until the very end, but when he found out he wasn’t getting the manager position he was happy to take the 3rd base job in Bost? Something doesn’t add up…didn’t he take the boston job like 3 weeks ago?

    • He did take the position in Boston at the end of October, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t remain in discussions to take the Toronto job.

      • I realize that but when he said:
        “I initially wanted to manage that club in Toronto, but that didn’t work out and they wanted to go in another direction”
        I took that to mean he was told he wasnt getting jays job so he agreed to go to boston

        • It sounds like he interviewed for the job right away, but his wording of how it shook down doesn’t provide much clarity. To me, it sounds like he interviewed, took the Boston job, was later informed they were going with Gibbons, then ultimately accepted his role as third base coach.

          • Ah ok. I took Butters quote to mean that once he was told TO was going in another direction with their manager, then he decided that there was “nothing better than to come back home and be the third-base coach of the Boston Red Sox.”
            But i guess it was just leaked before (end of Oct) that he had agreed to join Farrell if he didnt get the TO position and now that Gibby has been announce he is officially joining the sox?

    • Your reading comprehension is what doesn’t add up.

      • Wow thanks for reminding me why i never post comments on this site

        • Aww, don’t judge us by our gimped pimps :(

        • You read it correctly. Everyone else here has the comprehension level of a SUN subscriber.

          “I initially wanted to manage that club in Toronto, but that didn’t work out and they wanted to go in another direction. So I could think of nothing better than to come back home and be the third-base coach of the Boston Red Sox.”

          Unless he was misquoted he clearly states:
          Wanted Manager’s position in Toronto ->
          He was taken out of running ->
          Accepted coaching position in Boston.

          Just because the rumours don’t match the timelines, you can’t make up the fact that he accepted the job prior to hearing from the Blue Jays. Perhaps AA took him out of the running well ahead of deciding a final candidate. He knew what he was looking for and Butterfield wasn’t it. We won’t know but from what his quote says, like any rational person if he was not getting the managers job, all things equal coaching wise, he would rather be in Boston.

  2. I would of liked Butters, I also like Gibbons though.. Whatever.

    • I’d love the Jays to hire him as bench coach. Perfect middle man from the players to the manager. Plus a fuck you Boston

  3. I’ll be happiest with a pretty much wholesale change in the coaching staff. Too many accounts of the clubhouse turning into a shitshow last year. Butters was part of that.

  4. It’s too bad AA didn’t hire Butterfield back in 2010 rather than Farrell. I would have liked to see how he’d fare as a big league manager. I bet the reason why AA was so adamant about hiring a manager with experience at the big league level is because of how disappointing Farrell was as a first time manager.

  5. One of the criteria AA had for the new Jays manager was that that person needed to view being the bluejays manager as his dream job. Butter leaving the Jays to go “back home” to Boston in a lateral move demonstrated that Butter’s dream job was not in Toronto. Add in his lack of previous managerial experience and Butter was probably less of a candidate than evern he realizes IMHO.

    • Are you full of shit? Do you know how many years he put in with the Blue Jays? He was on Buck’s coaching staff.

      • Clearly your desire to throw profanities around supercedea your abolity to read. Suggestion, reading improves vocabulary. I am aware how long butter was a coach and a very good one. However Butter himself stated: “I initially wanted to manage that club in Toronto, but that didn’t work out and they wanted to go in another direction. So I could think of nothing better than to come back home and be the third-base coach of the Boston Red Sox.” Based on his own words, if he couldn’t manage in Toronto there was NOTHING better than third base coach in Boston. What can you glean from this? ( I will type slow for you here) All things being equal, Nothing is better than being in Boston. Sound a little like a former square jawed jays manager genius? I will give you a moment to use your fingers to work through your options. Ugh!

        • @Pros and cons

          for all your high-brow condescension you’re still a fucking dimwit.

          years and years of loyal service > one comment and the way you perceived it

  6. Butters leaked something very interesting. If he was considered for the Toronto job, but ultimately wasn’t offered the position, why would he take the Boston job instead of remaining in the same position he has held down for years with Toronto.

    Was Butters pulling an FU to the Jays, or now that he could follow Farrell to Boston, is his new position also his “dream job” as well? (living in Maine and all)

    • “So I could think of nothing better than to **come back home** and be the third-base coach of the Boston Red Sox”

      Emphasis added.

    • Every Toronto coaches’ contract was up. If you weren’t the new manager, the new hire would’ve picked his own staff. There’s no guarantees if you stuck around and waited. You go where there’s a job and see. Sames goes for Sandy Alomar.

  7. he’ll be there once they can farrell.

  8. How do you guys choose what shows up here and what shows up on DJF?

  9. I’m glad no one associated with the epic failure of the John Farrell era was hired. Over and out.

  10. Must. Not. Be Bitter. Towards. Butters!

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