TORONTO – To help frame the significance of Mark Shapiro’s five-year extension wrap your mind around this — if he makes it through 2025, he’ll be the Toronto Blue Jays’ second-most tenured president, and at 10 years have the longest consecutive reign.
In that way, the agreement announced Wednesday with minimal fanfare via Twitter by parent company Rogers Communications Inc., which also owns this website, positions Shapiro to be one of the team’s most impactful executives ever.
Paul Beeston, the Day 1 employee who started as vice-president of business operations, is the leader on that front with 15 years in the books. He became president in 1989, added CEO duties in 1991 and served in both roles until he departed for Major League Baseball in 1997. After Paul Godfrey’s eight-year run from 2000-2008, Beeston returned, on an interim basis at first, to run the team until Shapiro arrived after the 2015 season.
Beeston left behind two World Series championships and earned a spot on the team’s Level of Excellence. Godfrey helped stabilize the business after years of neglect under the indifferent ownership of Interbrew S.A., and led the dome’s purchase, but his clubs never found a path to the post-season.
Shapiro now has the runway to fully shed his tumultuous arrival and build an enduring legacy by effectively leveraging the club’s enviable young core, featuring Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Teoscar Hernandez, Danny Jansen and…