Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Toronto Blue Jays
John Paul (J.P.) Ricciardi is the current Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays. After playing collegiate baseball and spending two years in the minor leagues, Ricciardi became a coach in the New York Yankee farm system in the early 1980s before joining the Oakland Athletics organization in 1986 as aminor league instructor and a scout. By the early 1990s he had risen to the ranks of East Coast Scouting Supervisor and later National Crosschecker. Ricciardi made his break into the front office in 1996, when he became special assistant to Athletics general manager Sandy Alderson. Under new general manager Billy Beane, Ricciardi’s role became Director of Player Personnel. The Toronto Blue Jays then hired Ricciardi as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in November of 2001.