A Broken Era; Jp Ricciardi's Horrible Years in Toronto

Mat TompsonContributor IAugust 19, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 10: The broken bat of Jose Bautista #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays lays in the infield during the game on August 10, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

They all fell down. Almost every Toronto Blue Jay has collapsed, and this is just another example of why the Blue Jays are the most miss managed team in the Majors. And this season should be the reason that Paul Beeston fires the worst general manager in the history of the MLB. Maybe the history of the MLB is going too far; let’s just say JP Ricciardi is the worst general manager Toronto has ever had.

Ricciardi is now entering year eight of his five year plan that was designed to make the Jays a contender. As a matter of fact, in 2001 Toronto was 16 games back of the New York Yankees. Today as it stands the Jays are 18.5 games back of New York. Way to go JP!

His biggest mistakes are too many to list. But the cream of the crop includes signing BJ Ryan (47 million), signing Frank Thomas (10 million per season), trading Orlando Hudson, dumping Scott Rollen, signing Vernon Wells (127 million), signing Alex Rios(64 million) then letting him go for nothing, signing Bengie Molina,  and allowing Reed Johnson to leave.

His shining moments have included keeping Roy Halladay and drafting Aaron Hill and Adam Lind.

This season has been one to remember and one to forget. It will most likely be Ricciardi’s last season as a general manager anyways, because he has made too many mistakes. He botched the entire Roy Halladay situation after putting him on the trading block, telling reporters he would most like move Doc and then backing out. During this season he has dumped payroll by losing Alex Rios and trading Scott Rollen for virtually nothing.

In short, there is not much point discussing how terrible he is at his job because it’s already too late. He’s going to be fired, they’re most likely going to replace him with someone just as bad if not worse, they will continue to slide for 5 more years, and then you will start to hear talk about relocation, because no matter what you think, they are losing money every season, and if they continue to lose games they will continue lose more money. Winning makes money, Ricciardi can’t win, so it’s Ricciardi’s fault if the Jays move down the road.

Ricciardi’s footprint on Toronto sports will be almost as negative as Paul Godfrey’s was positive. Godfrey brought the Jays here, and Ricciardi has sucked the life out of the team, put them in financial peril, and left them with only two decent players under contract and a team who is 2 games back further then the season he took over.

Bye-bye JP, thanks for nothing.