While San Diego's firing of general manager Kevin Towers elicited gasps throughout the industry this weekend, Toronto's sacking of J.P. Ricciardi only garnered a few yawns.
This one has been expected for weeks, once it became apparent that years of bad contracts and miscalculated decisions have left the Blue Jays in the same spot they were when he took control in 2001: Buried in the AL East.
Working within that powerhouse of a division is not a job for the meek, and from day one, that was something the Blue Jays never had to worry about with Ricciardi. He fired two managers during his first three seasons -- Buck Martinez and Carlos Tosca -- and it was off to the races from there.
The problem came when his job performance fell short of his confidence. In probably the pivotal point of his tenure, Ricciardi swung for the fences when he gambled on two free agent pitchers, starter A.J. Burnett and closer B.J. Ryan, following the 2005 season. It was a swing and, mostly, a miss.
Combined, the Jays spent $102 million on the duo. They wound up releasing Ryan, and Burnett took advantage of an ill-conceived opt-out clause in his contract. Vernon Wells, Frank Thomas, Corey Koskie ... the list of bad contracts awarded under Ricciardi is a long one, some (Wells and Alex Rios, since unloaded on the White Sox) worse than others.
Still, it was never dull with Ricciardi in charge and, to their credit, the Jays stood by him in the wake of several embarrassing moments.
Such as, when he ripped slugger Adam Dunn on the radio in response to a caller's criticism of Ricciardi ("Do you know the guy really doesn't like baseball that much?").
And when he trashed Gil Meche when the pitcher signed a free agent contract with Kansas City instead of Toronto before the 2006 season ("When a guy talks about coming to our place where he has a chance to win and compete against the Yankees and the Red Sox, and then he goes to a place like Kansas City, that's an eye-opener.")
Cross Kansas City off the list of Ricciardi's potential landing spots.
The beginning of the end came midsummer this year, when the Jays decided to see if they could deal ace Roy Halladay. There was a lot of sound, much fury ... and no deal. There Ricciardi and the Jays were, spinning their wheels again.
Eight years down the road, Ricciardi leaves, best known for those horrific contracts and public swipes.
Not exactly the stuff of long-term success.