Should the Toronto Blue Jays fire GM J.P. Ricciardi
J.P. Ricciardi has made lots of promises since he was hired as GM of the Blue Jays, but he has kept very few of them. The team has very little minor league talent. There doesn\'t appear to be an impact player at any level. This will result in not having anyone to replace players when they leave as free agents (aka, Vernon Wells) and they have nobody to trade to improve the team at the major league level. Ricciardi\'s poor drafting ability and lack of ability to judge talent has resulted in the Jays being ranked near the bottom in terms of minor league talent. He has handed out bad contracts (Eric Hinkse, Corey Koskie, and A.J. Burnett) which has hurt the Jays\' financial position. He has traded away players that have had success when they left Toronto and received nothing in return. There are also the trades he didn\'t make. Ricciardi was offered David Wright for Jose Cruz, Jr. a number of years ago and he turned it down! Plus, he continues to hire bad managers to use as scapegoats when the team fails. Ricciardi has also destroyed the image that the Jays are a first class organization where players love to play. He treats players like property and not people. Pat Gillick and Paul Beeston treated everyone in the organization like they were family. Ricciardi does the opposite. The result will be current players not wanting to play for him and potential free agents not wanting to come to Toronto. The Jays cannot afford to have a GM making so many bad decisions. It\'s time to make a move. Please sign the petition. At the end of the season it will be forwarded to Paul Godfrey and the Blue Jays. Hopefully Godfrey will listen to the fans, open his eyes, and admit he made a mistake by hiring Ricciardi.