J.P. Ricciardi Gone in Toronto

David O'BrienCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2009

 Blue Jay's GM J.P Ricciardi has been fired. The Jay's President/CEO Paul Beeston has made a statement, ``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.''

``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.''

Ricciardi has been General Manager of the team since late 2001.

Temporarily taking his place will be Alexander Anthopoulos, vice-president of baseball operations and assistant GM.

The Blue Jay's did well at the start of the season but it went downhill from there, they are ending their season in Baltimore and currently have a  75-85 Jays record.

They are over 20 games out of first.