The Clock Has Run Out On JP Ricciardi

bluejaysI remember when everyone was calling for Gord Ash's head. Gord had the misfortune of following a very successful and beloved GM in Pat Gillick. The clock just ran out on Ash and we all knew it was time for a change. We demanded more from our ball team.

For reasons I don't quite understand, we've given JP Ricciardi an extraordinary amount of time to field a playoff contender. Note, I didn't say World Series champion, nor did I say pennant or wild card winner, we really just want to be playing meaningful baseball in September.

Ricciardi was hired on November 14, 2001. That's an eternity when it comes to unsuccessful general managers. Today, our Blue Jays have the second least number of homers in the majors and simply can't score runs. With such an impotent offense, Ricciardi was asked about acquiring Adam Dunn, the Cincinnati Red who has hit 40 or more home runs each of the past four years. Ricciardi responded by claiming Dunn "doesn't have a passion to play the game that much."

Needless to say, there's another free agent who won't be coming here. I still remember Ricciardi's claims that BJ Ryan had a bad back last spring. That "bad back" was actually a severe elbow injury that required season ending Tommy John surgery, but as JP said, “They're not lies if we know the truth".

The clock has run out on this clown. He's taking a franchise drenched in integrity and soiling it and, even worse, he's given us a team that's fading fast in the American League. Enough is enough.


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Bob

Dude, the clock ran out on JP way back in 2002.

June 19, 2008 @ 6:15 PM

twins from bolton

Can I apply for the job since I've managed a Rep team for 7 years?
Biggest mistake was keeping Gibbons on this year.

June 19, 2008 @ 6:24 PM

felix

The biggest mistake this year was keeping Stewart over Johnson.

It's time for J.P. to go, he's outlasted two Leaf GMs so far, and I know that's not saying much, but it's time for a change of direction. Or hey, maybe A direction at all.

June 19, 2008 @ 10:01 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

JP has made some good moves, he just makes the wrong statements at the wrong times. IT would be nice to see a whole sale change in management, JP BUH BYE, John Gibbons needs to go too. Ernie Whitt Take over and get this team turned around.

June 19, 2008 @ 11:57 PM

Megan

Why did we get rid of Reed?? Stupid. Love Shanon but please! JP must go!
Yep time for Ernie to take over coaching.

June 20, 2008 @ 12:12 PM

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