Mets Hire J.P. Ricciardi as Assistant GM to Sandy Alderson

Christopher HowlandCorrespondent IIINovember 2, 2010

Some more good news for Mets fans everywhere.

In what will be the first of many moves that flexes Sandy Alderson’s authoritative muscles, Alderson hired J.P. Ricciardi as his assistant GM to the team.

This is an enormous addition for the Mets and the front office with the amount of knowledge and experience Ricciardi brings with him to New York. He worked for Alderson for more than a decade in Oakland, and the 51-year-old Ricciardi says of Alderson, “I couldn’t be more excited about being reunited with Sandy.

“We enjoyed tremendous success together in Oakland and it’s my goal to help duplicate that here with the Mets.  As a former Met farm hand, it’s a double a homecoming for me.”

This is a great addition for the Mets, and to be honest when I first read the report, I was more than overjoyed. The fact that the former GM of the Blue Jays wanted to join the Mets after he had a standing offer from the Red Sox for the exact same position, says something about where the organization could be in the near future and what outside sources see in the potential of this club.

Ricciardi will work with Alderson in all facets of the baseball realm and just knowing that the team is in both Alderson and Ricciardi hands from here on out, helps me breath easy for the coming seasons.

Of course, we wont see an immediate impact of the moves Alderson will make in the coming days, but implementing an all new philosophy in the clubhouse, starting with the GM and manager, Mets fans certainly do have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.

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