Gaston became the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1982. Gaston remained the hitting instructor until 15 May 1989, when he took over managerial duties from Jimy Williams, when the team was suffering through an unexpectedly bad start. Gaston originally declined the offer to be manager when Williams was fired. He told Ebonymagazine: "When I was offered the job as manager, I didn't want it. I was happy working as the team's hitting instructor". It was only when his players encouraged him to take the job did he reconsider the offer.Pre-World Series seasons
World Series seasons
Cito knows how to work with each individual, treating everyone like a human being. He knows exactly what to say, when to say it, what to do and how to go about doing it. When you have a manager like that, it makes you want to play for the guy. We'd go to war for him. What Cito has done for the Blue Jays can't be taken lightly.
|World Series Championship|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|TOR||1989||77||49||.611||1st in AL East||1||4||.200||Lost to Oakland Athletics in League Championship Series|
|TOR||1990||86||76||.531||2nd in AL East||-||-||-||-|
|TOR||1991||72||57||.558||1st in AL East||1||4||.200||Lost to Minnesota Twins in League Championship Series|
|TOR||1992||96||66||.593||1st in AL East||8||4||.667||1992 World Series Champions|
|TOR||1993||95||67||.586||1st in AL East||8||4||.667||1993 World Series Champions|
|TOR||1994||55||60||.478||3rd in AL East||-||-||-||-|
|TOR||1995||56||88||.389||5th in AL East||-||-||-||-|
|TOR||1996||74||88||.457||4th in AL East||-||-||-||-|
|TOR||1997||72||85||.459||5th in AL East||-||-||-||-|
|TOR||2008||51||37||.580||4th in AL East||-||-||-||-|
|TOR||2009||75||87||.463||4th in AL East||-||-||-||-|
|TOR||2010||85||77||.525||4th in AL East||-||-||-||-|
- In April 1997, during a pre-game interview, Gaston accused specific members of Toronto's sports media (Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons, Globe and Mail sports editor Dave Langford, and Fan 590 sports talk show host Bob McCown) of racism against him, stating "There's a couple (of sports writers) who continue to take shots at me for no reason at all. I just wonder if they would take the same shot at me if I was white." After the game against the Oakland A's on April 17, Gaston spoke briefly about his pre-game comments. "I've got one statement that I'm going to say, and I'm not going to say another word," Gaston said. "Whatever has been said, whatever has been written, if it has offended someone and it's unjustly offended them, I apologize. If it hasn't, then I don't apologize."
- On October 3, 2009, an online column by Fox Sports baseball writer Ken Rosenthal reported of a mutiny in the Blue Jays' clubhouse against Gaston by his players and some members of his coaching staff. Rosenthal cited unnamed sources who claimed that the mutiny was a result of his impatience with the players after they started losing, partially reflected with players getting less playing time, his lack of communication, including his inability to properly communicate substitutions, and his negativity, especially when it came to the younger players who required more positive reinforcement. A day after the report, Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay was quoted as being one of the players who was surprised over his lack of playing time as well as wanting Gaston to improve his communication. "More than anything, I want to try to figure out what to expect for next year. It kind of caught me off-guard a little bit when I wasn't playing. ... (Gaston) never really said a lot. As we were winning, he was kind of sitting on the back burner, watching us play good." When asked about the report on the clubhouse mutiny, Gaston replied that he was surprised that such criticism existed. "If you've got two or three or four guys in there that have a problem, then you don't have to win anything, do you? You might have to certainly deal with those guys, but you don't have to win the clubhouse back. I don't think that you can ... rely (on a few) players to find out (if there's a problem). I think you need to talk to all of them. If it comes up to 50 percent, then, hey, maybe we've got a problem. I'd like to know what the problem is because I can't be any fairer than I've been."
- On June 1, 2010 radio broadcaster Mike Wilner got into an argument during a media scrum with Gaston about his field level decision making. Wilner detailed the confrontation on his blog.The Fan 590, Wilner's employer and a station of Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, announced the following day he would not be covering the team for several days, presumably a suspension though The Fan 590 refused to state the reason.
Awards and honors
BLIn 1970, Gaston was selected for the All-Star Game as a reserve outfielder.
- Also in 1970, Gaston received the San Diego Padres team MVP award.
- In 1989, Gaston was the "Baseball Man of the Year" in Canada.
- In 1993, Gaston was voted "Sportsman of the Year".
- Managed the American League team in the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
- Managed the American League team in the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
- The University of Toronto granted Gaston an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in June 1994.
- In 1999, Gaston's Blue Jays uniform name and number (#43) were honoured by addition to the Rogers Centre's Blue Jays "Level of Excellence".
- In 2002, Gaston was elected into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Gaston was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
- In 2008, Gaston was presented a Negro League Hall of Fame Legacy Award (Jackie Robinson Award).
- In 2011, Gaston was inducted into the Ontario Sport Legends Hall of Fame.