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J.P. Ricciardi wants to get fired

Sep 25, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

He’s never been good at P.R., and there’s a sense that he’s already toast anyway, but the Blue Jays’ GM now seems to be begging for unemployment:

“Let me make this clear: It doesn’t matter if J.P. Ricciardi is the GM,
or Joe Blow is the GM. Two years from now, five years from now, seven
years from now, the reality that we face in Toronto is the division is
not going to change,” Ricciardi said in an interview this week. “The
Red Sox and Yankees are not going away. If the Yankees want to, they
can take their payroll to $300 million . . .I get this feeling that people are dying for me to lose my job, they
think my world is going to come crashing down. I’m not built like that.”

All of that may be true. But when you’re the GM of a baseball team, it’s not good business to (a) provide quotes which basically give the entire fan base permission to stop hoping and caring; and (b) tell your bosses that being fired wouldn’t bother you a bit.

Ricciardi should have been let go a couple of years ago. I have little doubt that he’ll be let go a couple of weeks from now.

  1. Joey B - Sep 25, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Terrible. It sounds like a complete whine. No one can compete with the NYY’ payroll, but past that, the RS have a $120M payroll. The Twins have to deal with two $100M+ payrolls in their division. TX and Seattle have to compete with LAA’ $100M+. FL & Atl have to deal with Phi and NYM’ $128M+.
    Every division has a $100M+ payroll team. To give the fans the impression that they are doomed is possibly the single worst thing he could’ve done as a GM. As a RS fan, we go into each season knowing we have an $85M disadvantage to overcome, but possessed with a near-certainty that we can overcome that disadvantage.

  2. YesSir - Sep 25, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    The Phillies payroll is 115M as of right now. Don’t know where you’re getting 128 since the Mets are at 140+. And the Phillies don’t go out and make a huge splash in free agency every year. Most of their talent is homegrown. Utley, Howard, Rollins, Hamels, Happ, Madson. Hell, even Victorino came up through the system after being a Rule-5 selection. Last year when they won the World Series, their big aquisitions at the trade deadline were Blanton, Eyre & Stairs. Not huges names or contracts but just little pieces that really made a huge difference. Actually, Stairs & Eyre were both aquired through waiver trades.

  3. Glen L - Sep 25, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    …thanks for clearing that up … just to clarify though, those players on the phillies still earn salaries, paid in legal US tender, regardless of how they joined the team, correct?

  4. Joey B - Sep 25, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Yes Sir-The data came from Cot’s contracts. Philly was listed at $127.9M and the NYM at $139.1M.
    Glen-They still earn salaries, but the teams that develop the best talent will eventually pay the highest salaries. Even if you can get them on the cheap for a few years, as opposed to just signing FAs, you still need to pay them market rate salaries at some point.

  5. JasonC23 - Sep 25, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    You’re right, J.P. There’s no possible way that a team with a relatively small payroll could finish ahead of the two payroll juggernauts to win the AL East, then beat one of said juggernauts in the playoffs to make it to the World Series. That could never happen ever.

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