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Cito Gaston is a former MLB outfielder and manager who played for the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves from 1967–1978 and afterwards coached for the Toronto Bluejays.

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Cito Gaston is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager. He played for the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves from 1967–1978. Gaston became the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1982. He 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. Under Gaston's leadership, Toronto transformed from a sub-.500 team (12–24 under Jimy Williams) to the eventual division winners, going 89–73 (77–49 under Gaston). Toronto's success under Gaston was not short-lived, as they finished second in the division behind Boston the following year and won the division again in 1991, 1992 and 1993. On June 20, 2008, Gaston was rehired as the manager of the Blue Jays to replace the fired John Gibbons. It was his first managerial job at the major-league level since being fired by the Blue Jays 11 years earlier. In his second tenure as manager, he succeeded in improving the team's record to the point that it finished over .500 after a poor start to the season under his predecessor, John Gibbons, that had the team in last place at the time of his rehiring.

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