It’s almost to the point where we should feel sorry for John Ricco. The guy has been a loyal soldier and has been given just about every front office job there is, except the one he wants. Once again, he was bypassed for the role of general manager. But Ricco has a new position – senior vice president and senior strategy officer.
We’re used to hearing about a guy being “kicked upstairs,” or promoted to a position with a fancy title but little real responsibility. Is that what’s happened to Ricco? The AP story lists about 10 things that he’ll be involved with, including “oversight” on major league payroll. Try to think about that one for a second. Does he keep track of how much money Brodie Van Wagenen has spent and then run to Jeff Wilpon with daily/weekly updates?
It’s not like my preference was for Ricco to be the club’s new GM. Still, it’s difficult not to put yourself in his shoes and feel for him. Guess he’ll just have to console himself with that six-digit salary.