Why Do The Blue Jays Bother?

Catch this gem on Bruce Arthur’s column today?:

“There have been so many reasons to fire the man, but an interview with The Canadian Press’s Shi Davidi published on Friday should be the final, defining statement of the Ricciardi era in Toronto.

“Let me make this clear: It doesn’t matter if J.P. Ricciardi is the GM, or Joe Blow is the GM,” Ricciardi said in the interview. “Two years from now, five years from now, seven years from now, the reality that we face in Toronto is the division is not going to change. The Red Sox and Yankees are not going away. If the Yankees want to, they can take their payroll to US$300-million.

“The biggest thing that people forget is that when Toronto won the World Series, they had the highest payroll in baseball. There’s a direct equivalent to that. If we’re going to play in the big man’s division, and we’re not going to spend that money, it’s going to be really hard for us to compete with those teams.”

Now he tells us. Now, eight years after he was hired to be smarter than the Red Sox and the Yankees, eight years after he was hired to build a system that could thwart the vaults of the Red Sox and the Yankees, eight years after he was hired and said, “The payroll [in Toronto] is fine,” now he tell us it’s all a waste of time. Now, he surrenders, and admits that he’s failed.”

You read that and wonder why bother. Seriously, someone put us out of our misery. @mayormiller saw the light. Someone help what litle hope we have for the Blue Jays

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Daniel
Daniel
September 27, 2009 2:05 am

Sounds like the words of someone who knows he’s getting canned, who knows he’s getting hammered by fans, and who’s already bitter.

I know it’s brutal in the AL East, but give me a break. They won 87 games in 06 and 86 games in 08. Sorry, but that’s a couple key moves away from making the playoffs. JP simply never was able to put them over the top.

Generally, I like JP. I think he was a pretty good GM. And frankly, 06 – 08 were pretty good positive years with some reasonable hope. Ken Rosenthal even picked the Jays to win the WS in 06. So don’t tell me there’s no chance from this point onward. Rogers just has to be better more involved owners, and they need a GM to do a better job.

It’s not going to be easy, but to basically give up and say there’s no chance is ridiculous.

Mike S
Mike S
September 27, 2009 5:50 am

The Blue Jays do not finish behind the Red Sox every year because they have a lower payroll…………..they finish behind the Red Sox every year because the Red Sox are smarter

LT67
LT67
September 27, 2009 12:03 pm

While there is some truth to wwhat JP says, he’s not allowed to say it. He has either been told he’s done or, should be based on those comments. The remarks are so inappropriate that I wonder if another team would hire a who makes such “throw in the towel” public remarks?

Mike
Mike
September 27, 2009 1:37 pm

These are lame excuses from a douche who’s been a complete failure at his job. He seems to forget that he was given a $100M payroll last year and couldn’t get the job done. He had the money and spent it incredibly poorly.

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