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Is it time for Ricciardi to go?
Sat, May 5, 2007

Following the Blue Jays' 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, Ricciardi, the Blue Jays' general manager, told the Fan 590 that the club fabricated the nature of closer B.J. Ryan's injury during spring training.

Is it time for Ricciardi to go?

Ricciardi admits to misleading fans and media



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I think Ricciardi should be gone after this year unless the Blue Jays make some sort of major turnaround.

He is about the only person who toots his horn (nobody else does).
Gordon S., 2007-05-19 19:12:38

OK, let me get this straight: We lose our closer, starting catcher, No. 3 starter, and our lead-off man, and we suddenly want to clean house?!

What gives? Given how long a baseball season is, and we're barely over 6 weeks into it, I think patience, and some wise transactions would go a long way.

After finishing 2nd in the AL East last season, where were all the "fire Gibbons and J.P." comments then?

If this bad streak continues until the end of the month, THEN we should consider something drastic.

It's not how you start' it's how you finish.
Richard Babb, 2007-05-11 01:57:25

Yes Ricciardi should go. The lie does not bother me too much. But the Farm System is bare bones, and that is what he promised to build. Hill will be Ok and maybe Lind??
Bob, 2007-05-10 01:14:49

Both should go. Ricciardi came in and got rid of a lot of good players. He is still letting good players go. Gibbons puzzles me when it comes to handling pitchers. He takes pichers out when they are doing well and leaves them in when they are doing well. His handling of pitchers puzzles me
Les Lee, 2007-05-09 22:27:10

To be honest, I don't follow the Blue Jays. The American League, in my mind, prostitute the rules with DH bogus-osity. That said, reading the other comments, it seems to say that Ricciardi is a great GM; however, that Gibbons must go. I'm sorry, but the GM's choice of Manager rather defines his ability as a GM. You can't be one without the other!
mel auten, 2007-05-09 21:10:23

Yes I think he should go. I also think it is time for Gibbons to go. The Team doesn't seem to want to play for Gibbons anymore. Other Teams play through injuries and do not fall into a terrible slide. Ricciardi has spent excess money on average or unproven players, seemingly without thinking out the consequences. Both Ricciardi and Gibbons have worn out their welcome. The Team appears to be going through the motions and with the current pitching staff do not seem to have the confidence to come back when they are down, unlike last year when the Team at least had a closer they could rely on.
E, 2007-05-09 11:48:05

Two words : FIRE GIBBONS!!

Worst manager in baseball, with a team as talented as this one there is no way they should be this bad. I mean this guy pulls Halladay in april when he has the lead and is under 100 pitches and goes to his bullpen...insert joke here and laughter...are you kidding me. He has made stupid decision after stupid decision its time for him to go not JP. Hopefully JP will have the balls to can him!
Shayne, 2007-05-09 11:30:20

Ricciardi should go at the end of the season if the Jays don't turn it around, Gibbons too. Changing course mid-stream won't work. We were told Ricciardi was a moneyball disciple, turns out his 'moneyball' credentials are more in line with Brian Cashman's. His spend to compete approach hasn't worked. Unless the Jays really want to spend with the Yankess and Sox, they need a different approach. Overpaying for Burnett and Ryan was dumb. It seemed dumb at the time and it seems dumb now. Victor Zambrano is not a viable option at starter, neither is Josh Towers, frankly Tomo Ohka should be #5 at best. Everyone knew pitching was the need coming into to the season at Ricciardi was unable to fill the need.
Isaac, 2007-05-09 11:12:10

I think JP has done a great job with what he has been given, for the most part. His draft picks however have been quite suspect, and none other than Hill have come to fruition. I think the biggest mistake he has made is kept John Gibbons as manager. Gibby is a great guy, and a players' coach, but for the most part he is out-coached time and time again.

The Bulpen is also an issue which needs to be addressed. Ricciardi needs to do something fast, and act upon this, or else we'll be out of the race rather quickly. I can tell the players are losing faith in the coaching staff, and they really aren't clicking right now. I think Ricciardi lost sight of what he was doing when he got some dollars to spend. He let Speir go, and signed a 39 year old guy who can't run. Fire Gibby, trade Rios, keep Lind up for good, and try to steer the ship in the right direction. Perhaps we can get some pitching for Rios and let our young kid Lind hit.


Jon L, 2007-05-06 22:07:26

Toronto is lucky to have a GM like JP who knows the game and who possesses a desire to be the best. What Toronto is not lucky to have is Gibbons who has not proven to be neither a motivator nor a smart decision maker. You can make all the DL excuses you want for the Jays being in the basement but at the end of the day it rests on Gibbon's shoulders to pick up the pieces and play ball.
Keith, 2007-05-06 13:34:56

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