BALTIMORE - The Toronto Blue Jays have fired general manager J.P. Ricciardi.
The long-rumored dismissal occurred this morning just shortly after the team’s interim CEO, Paul Beeston, arrived in Baltimore where the Jays are playing their season-ending series against the Orioles.
Ricciardi was hired in December of 2001 as a replacement for Gord Ash who was dismissed following the 2001 season. Under Ricciardi’s stewardship, the Blue Jays put together four winning seasons and four losing seasons. He leaves with a record of 642-651 record.
“This was a tough decision and a difficult one for me personally as I have enjoyed J.P.’s friendship and his perspective on the game,” said Beeston in a release.
“J.P. has put an incredible amount of effort into improving the team and he has brought along a number of great young players. However, I feel that it is time for a change and accordingly we have decided to move on.”
Assistant GM Alex Anthopoulos will take over Ricciardi’s duties.