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Mets Hire Former Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi

By Adam Garnett

News coming fast and furious today in Mets land. The team has announced that it has hired former Toronto Blue Jays General Manager and current ESPN Baseball Analyst J.P. Ricciardi as Special Assistant to new Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

Ricciardi acted as the Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays from late 2001 through 2009. According to Wikipedia, he spent two years in the Mets minor league system as an infielder.

The 51-year-old native of Worcester, MA was employed by the the Oakland Athletics for 16 years (1986-2001), 12 years of which were spent under the reign of one Sandy Alderson when he was the team’s General Manager.

Having heard this guy on ESPN the last year and all that I have read about him in year’s past, this appears to be a great hire for the Mets. One would have to wonder where this leaves Assistant GM John Ricco, who everyone has presumed is being groomed to take the gig from Alderson, in the Mets front office hierarchy. Franky, I really don’t care. To me Ricco is part of the past failures and should have been purged from the team along with Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel.