John Schneider, Blue Jays Reach Agreement On 3-Year Contract
John Schneider is staying put as the Toronto Blue Jays manager, removing his interim tag status with a three-year contract extension. The deal also includes a club option for the 2026 season. Schneider replaced the incumbent Charlie Montoyo, who was dismissed on July 13. After an underwhelming first half, Toronto won 13 of 16 games once Schneider took over managing duties. That followed up with a so-so August, then an 18-10 September surge to earn a playoff spot. In the Wild Card series, Toronto was swept by the Seattle Mariners, blowing a seven-run lead in a 10-9 Game 2 loss. However, Schneider’s regular-season winning percentage of .622 is the highest by a Toronto manager, with a minimum of 10 games managed.
OFFICIAL: We’ve agreed to terms with John Schneider on a three-year contract as Manager with a team option for the 2026 season!
Congratulations, Skip 👏 pic.twitter.com/F4V35CDakL
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 21, 2022
Schneider Provides A Spark
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins wasn’t ready to remove the interim tag during the end-of-season news conference. Although, there was a strong suggestion that they were leaning in that direction. It was obvious as Schneider’s familiarity with the club and his connections run deep throughout the organization. In addition, his feel for players and his effective communication might have been difficult to replace.
Drafted by Toronto in 2002, the former catcher was in the minor leagues for six seasons before transitioning to coaching in 2008. He steadily worked his way through the ranks, managing teams at five levels in the organization. From 2009 to 2018, the Princeton, N.J. native won championships with Class-A Vancouver, Advanced-A Dunedin, and Double-A New Hampshire. Schneider received the Eastern Manager of the Year Award after Double-A New Hampshire won the league title in 2018. That team included current players Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Gurerro Jr.
Schneider finally got the call when he was promoted to the majors as a coach in 2019. He was named a bench coach before the start of the 2022 season. He is the 14th manager of the Blue Jays.