When in doubt, hire yourself as President

It took almost an entire year of recruiting, but finally there is a President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays.

With the official announcement that Paul Beeston will in fact be the new President and CEO of the team, the good news is that Rogers won’t have to change the name plate on the President’s desk and send out that pesky “so and so is no longer with the company” email.

The bad news (and forgive me for the blatant disregard for grammar) … Cito ain’t going nowhere. Beeston staying on as President basically just bought Cito another year as manager of this team and possibly even more than that, because there is no way in hell that Beeston lets Cito go under his watch.


So it turns out that the Blue Jays will not be wiping the slate clean, and instead it seems like J.P. Ricciardi was the only bad seed in the whole bunch. At least now it doesn’t seem like the team is in limbo anymore, and the Toronto Blue Jays can finally move forward and start over with the next “five-year plan”.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

8 thoughts on “When in doubt, hire yourself as President

  • October 27, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Why doesn't Beeston let Cito go on his watch?

  • October 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Cause they're homeys – they both came up with the organization and help a mutual respect for eachother.

    The only way that Cito leaves is if AA fires Cito while Beeston is on holidays.

  • October 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Umm, I thought Bob McCowan had always insinuated that Beeston and Cito actually don't get along all that well.

  • October 28, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Interesting … never heard that before, but I don't get to listen to Primetime Sports that often so that could very well be the case.

    Either way, it seems like Beeston stood by Cito even through the entire "revolt" so I would be surprised if Beeston did in fact replace Cito in the off-season.

  • October 28, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Here's hoping Beeston was just calming the storm and meanwhile assuring the players that Cito was going to happily "retire" on his own sometime in advance of the winter meetings. 'Cause really – if the message to the players is that the manager is buddies with the "new" Prez, this isn't going to be a happy team next year, and attracting new blood from down south could be difficult.

  • October 28, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Yeah, you're right – it sounds like upper management has a plan here, but we're not privy to it just quite yet. Personally, I'm hoping Beeston did what you suggested and Cito knows that it's time for him to step aside and let this team move forward. His contract is done at the end of 2010 anyway, so why not just get a head start and find a new head coach right now?

  • October 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I'm just happy that the organization is progressing. Soon we get to hear The Plan, one assumes.

  • October 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Beeston said last night on PTS that he and AA should have a better idea about payroll by the end of next week.

    Come on $120 million!

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