John Ricco was born in Cresskill New Jersey in 1968. He attended Villa Nova University & landed a job as an intern with the AL New York club in 1991. Ricco then worked for MLB in the Commissioners office from 1992-2004. He was considered an expert in the Basic Agreement collectively bargained between the players & owners.
After that he took a job with the New York Mets as an assistant to the General Manager. He worked for the Omar Minaya Mets period & served as an interim GM after his dismissal. Ricco has since worked under Sandy Alderson.
In his role Ricco helps assist the General Manager as well as making sure all Sandy Alderson's decisions are legally accurate. He watches over all operations, manages the budget, monitors the waiver lines, as well as oversees all transactions & trade opportunities. Ricco also makes sure all the clubs records are correct as well as all the players contracts.
Ricco was in the spotlight on May 25th 2016 after Matt Harvey refused to talk to reporters after having another bad start in his 2016 campaign.