Mark Shapiro (sports executive)

Mark Shapiro (sports executive)

Mark Shapiro
Born 1967
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Occupation Major League Baseball team executive

Mark Shapiro (; born 1967) is an American baseball front office executive and former president of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball, who served as the team's general manager for nearly a decade. On August 31, 2015, it was announced that Shapiro would become the president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays at the conclusion of the 2015 season. He had not officially assumed that role by October 29, 2015 when General Manager Alex Anthopoulos announced that he would not be returning for the 2016 season [1] but was expected to begin work as president on November 1, 2015.[2]


  • Biography 1
    • Baseball career 1.1
    • Personal life 1.2
  • Awards 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4


Baseball career

Shapiro has been in the Cleveland Indians organization since 1991 when he was recommended by former Tribe GM Hank Peters. He had worked his way up from player development director to assistant GM, and in 2001 became general manager.[3]

Shapiro was named Executive of the Year by the Sporting News in 2005 and 2007,[4] following 90+ wins seasons by the Indians, including an American League Central Division Championship in 2007.[5] At the end of the 2010 season, he became the Cleveland Indians team president, with Chris Antonetti succeeding Shapiro as general manager.[6][7]

On August 31, 2015, Shapiro announced that he would take over as President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays at the end of the 2015 season, succeeding Paul Beeston.[8][9] Shapiro would not formally begin working in the new role until November 1, 2015.[10][11][12]

Personal life

Shapiro is the brother-in-law of former Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini and a close friend of former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli. He graduated from the Gilman School in 1985 and Princeton University in 1989 with a degree in history.[13] He is the son of a Baltimore attorney and sports agent, Ronald M. Shapiro. Shapiro is married to Lissa Bockrath-Shapiro.[14] They have one son, Caden Reid (born on August 28, 2002)[15] and one daughter, Sierra Aris (born on August 2, 2004).[16] Bockrath-Shapiro is an artist and she has her own art gallery, Bockrath Gallery. She is a 1995 graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art.[17] They live in Bentleyville, Ohio.[18]

Shapiro was played by actor Reed Diamond in the 2011 film Moneyball.


  • Two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year (2005, 2007)
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters from Baldwin Wallace University (2014).
  • 2007 American League Central Division Champion (as Indians Executive VP/GM)


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  4. ^ "The Sporting News"Executive of the Year Award by . Baseball Almanac. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "AL Central Division". Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (February 18, 2010). "Shapiro, Antonetti to step up after 2010".  
  7. ^ "Antonetti to GM among Indians' promotions". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (August 31, 2015). "Shapiro to become Blue Jays president, CEO". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Blue Jays hire Mark Shapiro as team president".  
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  13. ^ "Account Management - Login/Register" (PDF). Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ Printable Version
  15. ^ "Cleveland Indians Report". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  16. ^ - Tadano will go back to bullpen
  17. ^ The Cleveland Institute of Art (January 23, 2004). "The Cleveland Institute of Art Sponsors 24th Annual Regional Scholastics Art Awards Exhibition". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Urban Land Institute". Urban Land Institute. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 

Further reading

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Hart
Cleveland Indians General Manager
November 1, 2001 – October 3, 2010
Succeeded by
Chris Antonetti