Rogers officially announces Mark Shapiro has signed a five-year contract with the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have finally handed out a long-term contract!

Mark Shapiro will be sticking around as the organization’s President and CEO for five more years, the same term that he originally signed back in 2015.

Rogers announces five-year contract extension for @BlueJays President & CEO @MarkShapiro
— Rogers News (@AboutRogers) January 13, 2021

Back in November, Ken Rosenthal casually mentioned in a news and notes post that the Blue Jays and Shapiro were close on a new deal, so this obviously comes as no surprise. The organization has grinded through the long and painful part of Shapiro’s plan and the team seems poised to move into a period of competitiveness, so moving on now would have been pretty shocking.
Shapiro has done a lot of good for the organization since coming in as the controversial replacement for Paul Beeston, such as modernizing the analytics and high-performance departments and building a state-of-the-art facility in Dunedin for the team to use during spring training and for player development.
Of course, to the casual observer, none of that matters more than winning, so there will inevitably be skeptics of Shapiro’s work until the team actually breaks out and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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Back at the beginning of March I was handed the reins to this site as the managing editor. I was thrilled. I had big plans. I couldn’t wait to put my own stamp on a site that has hosted Hockey Operations folks like Cam Charron and many of the top hockey writers we read every day like Dom Luszczyszyn, Cat Silverman, and Ian Tullouch, all of whom have had bylines on this site. A site that I hope that can continue to be a launching pad for young writers and hockey folks. That was March 1st. By March 11th hockey was done indefinitely and we began a holding pattern in the hockey world, both anxiously waiting for it’s return and hoping the league would not be reckless in its actions to bring us back the sport we love.
By mid-June it became apparent that hockey would be returning, in some capacity, or at the very least the NHL and NHLPA were going to exhaust every resource in trying to bring a conclusion to the 2019-20 season. It was around that time we began restocking our roster with some of the most talented writers we could find …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation