Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro accepts five-year extension


Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro has accepted a five-year contract extension, Edward Rogers, president of Rogers Communications and the Toronto Blue Jays, announced on Wednesday.
Shapiro’s original five-year contract expired after the 2020 season.

“Mark’s leadership and commitment to excellence over the past five years has been essential to the growth and development of the team,” Rogers said in a statement.

“We are extremely pleased that Mark continues to lead the Toronto Blue Jays and build on the team’s progress as we work towards our goal of bringing a World Series championship back to Canada. ”

Shapiro joined the Cleveland Blue Jays after the 2015 season and, along with general manager Ross Atkins, oversaw a complete transformation of a team that twice reached the ALCS in 2015 and 2016.

Under Shapiro’s watch, the Blue Jays rebuilt the roster from scratch with the emergence of Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vladamir Guerrero, Jr. and Nate Pearson, among others. The club has also, through trades and drafting, amassed one of the best pools of prospects in baseball.

Beyond the list, Shapiro oversaw a complete reimagining of the coaching staff and a major renovation of the team’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., With an emphasis on analysis. and the pursuit of competitive advantages in player development. Going forward, he will focus on the Rogers Center and its viability as a long-term residence for the Blue Jays in downtown Toronto.

“From a personal and professional standpoint, I am delighted to continue to be a Toronto Blue Jay,” said Shapiro. in a report. “I am fortunate to work with exceptional people and I am proud of the progress we have made together, to build a culture, community and clubhouse that our incredible fans can nurture. ”


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