Because…. this is likely the last time we will be able to use this image:
However, it is a small price to pay. Good riddance JP.
The national media’s perspective on JP. A quote from the AP’s newswire article on the firing:
…missteps included allowing A.J. Burnett an opt-out clause in his contract, giving Frank Thomas an $18 million, two-year deal with a vesting option, and signing B.J. Ryan to a $47 million, five-year deal.
Burnett left to become a free agent last fall, Thomas had to be cut in the second season at a cost of around $8 million, and Ryan was released in July with $15 million left on his contract.
Other bad contracts he signed included a $17 million, three-year deal for Canadian Corey Koskie and the monster deals for Vernon Wells and Alex Rios.
Callum double edit:
He will be remembered as the most quoteable Jays GM, spewing detritus out of his mouth on a regular basis. Such examples include:
“It’s not a lie if we know the truth,” he said about the back injury story concocted for B.J. Ryan when the left-hander was actually having elbow issues in 2007.
Ricciardi infamously trashed slugger Adam Dunn, now with the Washington Nationals, on the same radio show in 2008, telling a caller, “Do you know the guy doesn’t really like baseball that much? Do you know the guy doesn’t have a passion to play the game that much? … I don’t think you’d be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here.”
Ricciardi attacked other players, too.
“When a guy talks about coming to our place where he has a chance to win and compete against the Yankees and the Red Sox, and then he goes to a place like Kansas City, that’s an eye-opener,” he said of Gil Meche after the right-hander spurned Toronto to sign with Kansas City in the winter of 2006.
Royals manager Buddy Bell defended his player by saying Ricciardi was, “a little guy with a big mouth and all he does is whine. … Every time I hear this guy talk, all he’s doing is whining.”
Ricciardi also twice caused spats by publicly wondering if former pitcher A.J. Burnett’s injuries were simply in his head.