Rogers today announced that J.P. Ricciardi will be leaving his position as Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations & General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays effective immediately. Ricciardi joined the Blue Jays eight years ago in 2001.
"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 Paul Beeston, acting President, and CEO. "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."
Alexander Anthopoulos, Vice President, Baseball Operations & Assistant General Manager will fill the role commencing today.
During his tenure, the best that Blue Jays finished in the AL East was 2nd in 2006. Over eight seasons, the Jays are 722-733. The team is currently 75-85, 26 games out of first and 4th in the AL East.
Many have been waiting for Ricciardi's firing for some time, finding fault with his draft selections, the handling of attempts at trading prized pitcher Roy Halladay at the trade deadline, and the current state of the locker room which sees players unhappy with manager Cito Gaston.
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