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Was keeping Ricciardi the right thing to do?
Thu, September 25, 2008
The Blue Jays president, Paul Godfrey, has recommended the team keep GM J.P. Ricciardi for the 2009 season. Is this a good move by the club?

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Every plan JP has tried he has subsequently bailed on:

* moneyball priciples of getting guys with high OBP and winning divisions with low payrolls

* refusing to draft high-schoolers

* keeping the payroll down

* staying away from high priced players

Thus, JP himself is admitting his flawed manegerial tactics. Add to this the mess of the Adam Dunn, Shea Hillenbrand, and Frank Thomas situations, and his lack of care for the franchise's history or the people of this city, and he can go back to Boston and fly a kite.
Darrel Sultana, 2008-09-26 16:43:13

I have to agree with the comment below, in WAAAYY over his head. That whole Adam Dunn debacle just made him look stupider. Time for a change!
Jeff, 2008-09-26 15:55:12

I am undecided. If the Jays didnt have the inuries they did last year...who knows. If there was hitting earlier in the year...the playoffs could have been a possibility. JP didnt have control over either of those situations...if things had gone better we could be calling him golden. Yes, he has made some mistakes..he is human. I am willing to concede another year under JP with Cito around and see what happens...but that is it! Otherwise I may have to become a Red Sox fan.....I take that back...shoot me instead.
Dondi, 2008-09-26 15:43:14

I believe that PP has had a fair shot and has not accomplished anything you would call success. There is one Pat Gillick available afetr this year, why not re-unite the team that led the Jays to the holy grail back in the 90's.
Walter, 2008-09-26 08:33:27

This guys is in over his head. Blue Jays deserve better. Do not let the door hit you on our way out!
7thyearof 5yrplan, 2008-09-26 08:24:28

The clown college mentality continues. No results for 7 years? No matter, let's go out and get another 3rd baseman! No clear #2 or 3 starting pitcher next year? Let's add some more opt out clauses.
Fido80, 2008-09-26 07:37:35

NO...GET HIM OUT OF HERE!
5string, 2008-09-26 03:28:05

Tell me what acquisitions has JP made to improve the ball club? Maybe Ted Rogers and Godfrey didn't give him the go ahead to hire Cito. He probably realized that was the only way he could save his job and win fan approval.

I've yet to see a stable outline for this team from JP. It changes from season to season and there is no clarity in what he is trying to do. Originally he said the team would have to play money ball, then after he asks Rogers for more money. His wish is granted and he still can't turn this team into a real threat for the playoffs. I guess we'll go through another season of acceptable mediocrity under the helm of JP. Why keep delaying the inevitable. I think the only reason why JP is still around is because he's a puppet being pulled on strings. I think Godfrey is calling more shots then most people think.
Jon Quigley, 2008-09-26 01:20:34

Big mistake.. this guy is a loud mouth with no credentials and yet upper management allows him to continue to spend 90 plus million on garbage... nobody wants to play for Toronto because of this incompetent person. Five years and counting ... give me 250K a year and I could do a better job!

Bob.
bob, 2008-09-25 22:27:39

Keeping this guy is the reason this franchise is going down the tubes...
Eric RL, 2008-09-25 21:32:27

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