Indians President Mark Shapiro Leaving Team, Taking Top Post with Toronto Blue Jays

click to enlarge Shapiro, then the team's GM, in 2003 - WALTER NOVAK
WALTER NOVAK
Shapiro, then the team's GM, in 2003
After 24 years with the Cleveland Indians, Team President Mark Shapiro will be leaving. He announced this morning that he'll be taking over as president with the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

(The Tribe is paying Toronto Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.)

Shapiro provided this statement today:

Through my twenty-four years as part of the Cleveland Indians, I have developed a deep emotional and civic attachment to the Indians organization and the Cleveland community. The root of those ties is in the personal relationships that my family and I have built. While weighing those bonds carefully and seriously, I feel the unique and compelling nature of the Blue Jays President/CEO position warranted my consideration. This position represents a unique opportunity for me and one that I felt was the right new challenge to undertake. With mixed emotions, I will assume the Toronto Blue Jays CEO position upon the conclusion of the 2015 season. As the Indians organization moves forward, I am confident the current leadership represents a strong foundation to field a championship caliber team moving forward. The relationships we have enjoyed here will be lifelong bonds and will ensure that I will always be a fan of the city of Cleveland and the Cleveland Indians organization.

Shapiro will discuss the news further at a 1 p.m. press conference. Indians owner Paul Dolan will function as the team's president going forward. 
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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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