Posted by: Jeremy | October 3, 2009

Ricciardi’s reign of terror finally ends


Ricciardi is out as GM, eight years into his "five-year plan"

Ricciardi is out as GM, eight years into his "five-year plan"

A few months ago I interviewed for the position of Assistant to the Traveling Secretary with the Toronto Blue Jays. After the interview, I was introduced to J.P. Ricciardi. The following exchange took place*:

Ricciardi: Nice to meet you.

Me: I wish I could say the same, but I must say, with all due respect, I find it very hard to see the logic behind some of the moves you have made with this fine organization. In the past eight years you have caused myself and the city of Toronto a good deal of distress, as we have watched you take our beloved Blue Jays and reduce them to a laughingstock, all for the glorification of your massive ego!

Suffer no more Jays fans, Ricciardi is done. Actually, we’ll still suffer for years to come due to some of the contracts he handed out and likely grow to loathe Alex Anthopolous once he hands out his first bad deal, but the worst is behind us (despite what Vernon Wells’ remaining five years and $100-or-so million may tell you).

The team made the decision to let Ricciardi go this morning and bring in his assistant, the 32-year-old Anthopolous, who got his start with the club as a scouting coordinator in 2003. He was bumped to the Dwight Schrute-esque “Assistant to the General Manager” position following the 2005 season and had the “to the” removed from the title in 2007. Anthopolous has been hailed by some as one of the game’s bright young minds — now we see if he can live up to it.

In all, a move that simply had to be made. Personally, my beef with Ricciardi had less to do with the boneheaded contracts he handed out (some, in his defence, of which were made with Paul Godfrey and co. breathing down his neck) than with the public spectacle he turned himself, and in turn, the organization into these past few years. The mishandling of B.J. Ryan’s elbow injury in 2007 — “It’s not a lie if we know the truth”. The Adam Dunn situation of 2008. And of course, the Roy Halladay trade saga of this past summer.

Nonetheless, change is in the air. For that, I’m happy. (Until the Yankees and Red Sox go out and load up this winter.)

* Exchange never actually took place, and the position of Assistant to the Traveling Secretary is filled by an intern from Francis-Louis High. His name is Keith. He comes in Mondays after school.

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Responses

  1. as if riccardi would ever say nice to meet you!
    and yessss DWIGHT

  2. And the people rejoiced…

  3. VICTORY!!!!!!!


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