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J.P. Ricciardi
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Sports Executive
    (September 26, 1959- )
    Born in Worcester, Massachusetts
    General manager of the Toronto Blue Jays (2000-09)
    Assistant general manager for the Oakland Athletics (1996-99)
    Considering he was an understudy to Billy Beane in Oakland, he followed the latter's sabermetric approach.
    He often traded with the Oakland Athletics.
    He often acquired players who were either past their prime or underachieved.
    He was fined after misleading the media about the extent of his closer B.J. Ryan's injuries.
    Many baseball pundits felt he was extremely brash with the media.
    He publicly criticized Adam Dunn's commitment to baseball on a radio talk show after a fan suggested he should acquire the latter.
    He bears a striking resemblance to David Schwimmer.
    He goes by his initials instead of his full name of John Paul.
    Contrary to prior belief, he was initially hired by the A's under former GM Sandy Alderson.
    He was hired by the Jays as a result of working the sabermetric system in a small market.
    Fan interest in the team had increased during his tenure as the Jays general manager.
    He wasn't afraid to make a deal, if he felt he was getting something reasonable.
    He signed Frank Thomas to a discount contract, in a move which helped the latter rejuvenate his career.
    Rather then deal Roy Halladay for either little or nothing in return, he wisely held onto him.
    He wasn't afraid to speak his mind to the media.

Credit: Ricky


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