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October 4, 2009 1:57 AM

Alex Anthopoulos Named JP Ricciardi's Replacement In Toronto

After firing long-time General Manager JP Ricciardi, the Blue Jays announced that they would be making Assistant GM Alex Anthopoulos the fifth Canadian GM in Major League Baseball History.  While obviously Paul Beeston did not read my article defending JP, this is still an excellent decision in terms of his replacement. 

I have had the pleasure of speaking with Anthopoulos; he is well spoken, hard-working and extremely passionate about baseball.  He has learned the game from both a scouts and a front office perspective, and should bring a unique point of view to the position.  I imagine he will rely on his assistant's much like Ricciardi did, but he certainly has his work cut out for him in Toronto.

The Blue Jays suffer from a bloated payroll, and word has surfaced in recent weeks about a rift between the players and Manager Cito Gaston.  Leadership is also in question at the top of the organization, as Beeston has remained adamant that he is only CEO of the Blue Jays on an interim basis.  However, there is a rumour that the Jays have found Beeston's replacement and could name this individual in the coming weeks. 

Overall, taking the reins of the Jays is a tall task for the 32 year old first time GM, but I am confident he can continue to push the Blue Jays in the right direction.   

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