Jays will pay tribute to Cito

By Alden Gonzalez
Updated: September 17, 2010
TORONTO — The Blue Jays will honor Cito Gaston before he steps down as manager and takes on an advisory role with the club prior to the regular season home finale, when Gaston’s club takes on the Yankees on Sept. 29 at Rogers Centre.

Joe Carter and Pat Hentgen, two key members of Gaston’s two World Series championship clubs with Toronto in 1992 and ’93, will be on hand and will join current Blue Jays in honoring Gaston, the club announced on Thursday.

The first 35,000 fans will receive a commemorative ticket and accompanying lanyard upon entry.

Gaston, who began his career with the Blue Jays as hitting coach in 1982, led the club to four American League East titles and has compiled an 882-833 record in 12 years as skipper (from 1989-97 and from 2008-10).

When John Gibbons was fired in June of 2008, the team’s record was 35-39.

After Gaston and his coaching staff took over, the team earned a record of 51-37 for the remainder of the season, which included a late ten-game winning streak, and the Blue Jays finished fourth in the American League East.