Blue Jays Lengthen Mark Shapiro

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Blue Jays president and chief government officer Mark Shapiro has agreed to a five-year extension, per an announcement from Rogers Communications. Shapiro indicated again in October that he hoped to stay in his publish and that Jays possession at Rogers had reciprocated that curiosity. Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith tweets that Shapiro will now be beneath contract by means of 2025.

“Mark’s management and dedication to excellence during the last 5 years have been important to the staff’s development and improvement,” mentioned Rogers Communications/Blue Jays chairman Edward Rogers in an announcement asserting the brand new contract. “We’re extraordinarily happy that Mark will proceed to guide the Toronto Blue Jays and construct on the staff’s progress as we work in direction of our objective of bringing as World Sequence championship again to Canada.”
Shapiro, 53, got here to the Jays in 2015 on the heels of a 25-year run with the Indians. He served as Cleveland’s basic supervisor from 2001-10 earlier than being promoted to president, at which level present Cleveland president of baseball ops Chris Antonetti was elevated to GM standing. Shapiro employed Cleveland’s director of participant personnel, Ross Atkins, to function the Blue Jays’ basic supervisor upon taking his preliminary publish in Toronto, and the 2 have overseen the membership’s operations since. Atkins signed a contract extension himself again in June 2019, though not like Shapiro, the size of his contract was by no means formally introduced by Rogers.
As is usually the case with front-office overhauls in baseball, there have been some lean years for the Jays after the hiring of Shapiro and Atkins. These struggles at the moment are within the rear-view mirror, nevertheless, because the Jays boast a younger core that’s among the many extra enviable teams of controllable expertise within the sport. Toronto supplemented that core with the signing of ace Hyun Jin Ryu final winter, and the Jays are extensively anticipated to signal and/or purchase further high-end expertise this winter as they take purpose at a second consecutive postseason berth.
The extension for Shapiro and the 2019 extension for Atkins guarantee continuity atop each the baseball and enterprise operations hierarchies for the Jays as they endeavor to determine themselves as a perennial contender within the ever-competitive AL East.
Shapiro issued his personal assertion on the brand new contract as properly:
“From a private {and professional} standpoint, I’m thrilled to proceed being a Toronto Blue Jay. I’m lucky to work with distinctive folks and am pleased with the progress we’ve made collectively, to construct a tradition, group and clubhouse that our unimaginable followers can cheer on. Residing in Toronto and Canada has been life altering for me and my household and I’m excited to expertise the sensation of successful a championship with this metropolis and nation.”

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