Ricciardi slammed Dunn on his Wednesday night phone-in show on The Fan 590, a Toronto radio station. His comments came after a caller suggested the Jays acquire Dunn, who is hitting .227 with 18 homers and 43 RBIs with the Reds.
“Do you know the guy doesn’t really like baseball that much?” Ricciardi said to the caller. “Do you know the guy doesn’t have a passion to play the game that much? How much do you know about the player?
“There’s a reason why you’re attracted to some players and there’s a reason why you’re not attracted to some players. I don’t think you’d be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here …
“We’ve done our homework on guys like Adam Dunn and there’s a reason why we don’t want Adam Dunn. I don’t want to get into specifics.”
Ricciardi was generally sympathetic as callers vented following the Jays 5-4 loss to Milwaukee. But Ricciardi’s demeanour changed when a caller mentioned Dunn as a hitter who might “save” the Jays’ moribund offence.
“He’s a lifetime .230, .240 hitter that strikes out a ton and hits home runs,” Ricciardi said.
“Yes, he hits home runs, which none of the Toronto Blue Jays are doing,” the caller replied.
That retort triggered Ricciardi’s shot at Dunn as a player who “doesn’t really like baseball that much.”"
I find it absolutely amazing that Ricciardi would go off on ANOTHER team's player like this. Can the union file a grievance about depressing Dunn's potential FA value? What could be the "specifics" Ricciardi is discussing? This is just unbelievable - an MLB GM going off on another team's player. Particularly a player who would seemingly fit the Jays so well as a high OPS type to replace Frank Thomas. What's going on with all the invective up in Toronto. It's like some weird permutation of the old Bronx Zoo.
What do you guys think?
P.S. I realize this has nothing to do with the minors, but I thought it really merited conversation. Besides, if I'm a top prospect and I have the choice between a major college program and the Blue Jays organization, aren't I better off taking my chances elsewhere? This has been an astonishing season in Toronto.