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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 that JP has overstayed his welcome. The current Blue Jays will always be a "wait 'til next year" team. I think that one of your readers [accidentally] got it right when he wrote "Give Ricciardi a *brake*"
Richard, 2007-05-06 12:44:27

all you have to do is look at the draft picks, and the fact that the jays decided to close down an A affiliate, leaving us with the least amount of minor league teams in the majors. I actually think it's quite admirable that J.P. lied to Ryan, it makes sense, and team harmony is more important than lying to the media about some player injury. The issue is that our weaknesses have no apparent solutions other than trades and free agency. Where the future? Where's the talent scouting? And why the disdain for small ball..

I almost wish Ash was back..


lee majors, 2007-05-05 22:49:17

the bluejays need a major shake up. maybe it time for a change but the players have to take some action to turn this season around also.
brad, 2007-05-05 22:43:58

Yes, JP's lying notwithstanding his manager is a loose cannon and his system has yet to produce a legitimate star player. I think there are also problems with the conditioning and training of players which is contributing to these injuries. JP's roster construction is also highly questionable - I see a rebuilding phase ahead shortly, and the current GM doesn't have the eye for talent or right plan to do it.
Edward, 2007-05-05 20:28:45

Ricciardi is doing fine. He's made this team exciting again. His only weakness I believe is the long leash he has with Gibbons. Gibbons in my view is not one of the top 30 managers in baseball. He has made some bad calls and has proven to be unable to motivate his players when they need motivating. He's a nice guy but we need a manager with some punch, preferably one from the National League who knows the definition of bunt.
John, 2007-05-05 19:43:57

Yes I think its time for Ricciardi to go. I lost respect for him when he said he lied about the players injuries. This isnt the NFL or NHL where other teams players can go after your injured players so there is no need to lie about it. I want to know if the stars will be playing when I go to a game so I want the truth about there injury, as a paying fan I deserve that at least. Secondly none of his draft picks are panning out, Wells and Halladay were here b4 Ricciardi got to Toronto. This is his 6th year and the Jays arent any closer to the playoffs than they were b4 his arrival.
jimmy, 2007-05-05 19:22:13

Ricciardi and Gibbons should both go ,they have done nothing to better the team,they have been a bunch of losers since they took over the team.They have gotten rid of awesome players and a bunch of losers in return ,Ican't believe the fans that think they should stay,I guess they don't know what they are talking about,the fans must be losers to.The Blue Jays are a joke,no wonder they can't fill the place.They blame it on the injuries,what a joke.
Steve, 2007-05-05 17:51:26

Yes, J.P. should go. Not because of the BJ Ryan comment but because of his poor job performance. His drafts have been poor. And his team lacks a long term plan.
Michael from California, 2007-05-05 16:30:34

Honestly, I think J.P. is the only manager in the majors that tells it like it is, and does what he feels is best for the team. When he says he's going to offer a free agent X amount of dollars, that's all he's going to offer.

And so because now he makes up one lil fib about a lower back injury, people want this guy's head on a silver platter.

If Mister Rogers could give him Steinbrenner-type dollars to blow away, I'm sure he'd build the best team that Mister Rogers would possibly want on the field and still have his head on a platter. You wonder why Brian Cashman hasn't been fired yet - the poor guy is a puppet who has no say whatsoever. He's Waylon Smithers to Mr. Burns. Excellent? I think not.

J.P. should stay with the Blue Jays for as long as he wants to. It's an absolute honour to have him as our General Manager/Senior VP/Whatever he wants to be, and for us to judge him based on one comment aren't fans of the Blue Jays at all.

Long gone are the days of Gord Ash - here to stay is J.P.
Ron Mexico, 2007-05-05 16:20:46

I used to be a fan of Ricciardi's and believed in what he was doing. I like the team he has put together but it won't go anywhere. When you compare what he has done to Terry Ryan with the Twin's or Billy Beane with Oakland then it's clear that he is average at best and it might be time to find someone who has a better eye for talent; mind for planning; and sense for drafting.
Lindsey, 2007-05-05 15:24:52

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