After two seasons as a minor league player, J.P. Ricciardi became a coach in the Yankees’ system at age 23. He joined the A’s organization, climbing the ranks from minor league instructor, through multiple scouting positions, to director of player personnel under Billy Beane. Hired by the Blue Jays to be the team’s new general manager in November 2001, he’s now in the midst of a five-year contract extension that takes him through the 2007 season, after being offered the Red Sox job before Theo Epstein took over. Now in his third season with the Jays, Ricciardi has encountered both success (86-76 in ’03) and disappointment (last in the division this year). Ricciardi recently chatted with Baseball Prospectus about expectations for young players, picking the right manager, and more.
Derek Zumsteg weighs in on Ichiro Suzuki, whose two-month hot streak has produced staggering numbers and a reason to watch Mariner baseball this year.
Whether getting mad about faked beanballs or paving the way for the best player to leave, no one on either side of Chicago is happy. Find out what they’re saying in The Week in Quotes.
Returns are the order of the day, as Troy Glaus comes off of the DL, and stars such as Mike Piazza and Trot Nixon wait in line behind him. Will Carroll has all the updates–and a Jerome Benton reference–in today’s UTK.
Ichiro Suzuki is chasing an 84-year-old record that has barely even been challenged in that time. Can he get there? Joe Sheehan looks at his chances.