I didn’t always agree with the moves he made as the Tribe’s G.M. and President, but you’re not going to find a better person in all of major league baseball than Mark Shapiro. He made some good moves and some bad ones, and I never held back on voicing my displeasure with the bad moves on the radio and the great thing about Mark was he never took it personally and realized it came with the job. He never held it against me, he may have questioned me about it, but he knew it was nothing personal, just me doing my job.
That’s why I have the utmost respect for the man who is leaving the Indians organization after 24 years to go join the Blue Jays. A very good baseball mind in many ways, who was handicapped at times with the Indians because of a payroll restrictions. I’m curious to see how he does now with deeper pockets to dig into with the Blue Jays, as he runs that organization as team President.
It is expected to be announced maybe as early as today and has been reported all over the internet and social media. I’ve been contacted by TSN 1050 Toronto radio to do an interview talking about Shapiro today.
Best of luck to you and your family Mark and thanks for your professionalism, friendship and some great memories as we climbed the ranks together in different industries over the years in Cleveland.