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Blue Jays fire general manager Ricciardi






Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi (L) and new manager Cito Gaston address the media before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in this June 20, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/David DeNoma/Files
Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi (L) and new manager Cito Gaston address the media before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in this June 20, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/David DeNoma/Files
</head> <body> <p>TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays have fired general manager J.P. Ricciardi after failing to make the post-season during his eight years in charge, the team said on Saturday.</p> <p>"This was a tough decision and a difficult one for me personally as I have enjoyed J.P.'s friendship and his perspective on the game," Blue Jays acting president and CEO Paul Beeston said in the news release.</p> <p>"J.P. has put an incredible amount of effort into improving the team and he has brought along a number of great young players.</p> <p>"However, I feel that it is time for a change, and accordingly we have decided to move on."</p> <p>The Blue Jays had just four winning seasons under Ricciardi posting a record of 642-651.</p> <p>The move comes with just two games remaining in a bitterly disappointing season with Toronto sitting 27 games out of first place in the American League East.</p> <p>Alexander Anthopoulos, vice president of baseball operations, will take over general manager duties.</p> <p>(Writing by Steve Keating; editing by Ken Ferris)</p> </body> 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