2021 Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Shapiro Extended

The 2021 Toronto Blue Jays announced a five-year contract extension for President and CEO Mark Shapiro. The Blue Jays president’s former contract expired at the end of the 2020 season and rumors had it that he had already agreed to an extension prior to that with no news on the length of his new deal. Today the silence was broken and the team announced that Mark Shapiro will be on board for five more seasons.

At the time of the announcement, Edward Rogers Jr. had this to say about the Blue Jays president. “Mark’s leadership and commitment to excellence over the last five years have been critical to the team’s growth and development.”

“We’re extremely pleased that Mark will continue 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.”

2021 Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Shapiro Staying In Toronto

The former executive of the Cleveland Indians prior to 2015 has helped reverse the fortunes of the Toronto Blue Jays. He has landed big-name players that helped lead the Blue Jays to a deep and iconic playoff run in his first two seasons with the team. He has gone on to make tough decisions in releasing players that many would’ve kept due to their status in MLB.

Mark Shapiro has helped guide the Blue Jays back to the postseason while in the middle of a rebuild, also replacing nearly the entire coaching staff for the team. Shapiro and staff have brought in an abundance of young talent that has given the Blue Jays faithful a lot to be excited about.

2021 Toronto Blue Jays: Quiet offseason

Toronto has been quiet this offseason and this is the biggest news from the ball club since the season ended. Mark Shapiro and staff will look to land a coveted number one pitcher to compliment Hyun-Jin Ryu and a possible upgrade on the infield, likely at third base.

The new contract for the Blue Jays president will keep him in Toronto until the end of the 2026 season. This is a good sign for Toronto as they set their sights on a return to the playoffs in 2021, and beyond.

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