Adam Dunn may strike out a lot. He may not hit for a high average. He plays a lousy left field at times. But the Reds’ slugger did not deserve the criticism lashed out by Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi.
Thursday night’s edition of Sportscenter on ESPN revealed some comments Ricciardi made during a radio call-in show. When he was asked whether or not the Blue Jays would be interested in Dunn, Ricciardi said Dunn “doesn’t like baseball that much” and he “doesn’t have the passion to play the game” among other things.
Dunn may frustrate Reds’ fans at times, but for him to be called out by the Blue Jays’ GM was way out of line. First of all, Ricciardi has enough problems with his team and should worry about those first. His Blue Jays are 35-39 and in last place in the American League East.
The Blue Jays are not much better than the Reds right now and have a team full of overpaid underachievers. If Ricciardi is such a good player evaluator, one would think his team would be a little better off.
More than anything else I just don’t see the need for a general manager to openly bash a player on another team. If you don’t like him say something like “I don’t think he fits our needs.” But don’t make a personal attack on a guy that has never been in trouble and keeps his mouth shut on and off the field.