Mark Shapiro on Developing the Blue Jays Team Culture

When Mark Shapiro talks about how tough it is to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox, he makes sure to say that he's not making excuses. Always gracious with his limited time, Shapiro gave us a half an hour last week to talk about the recent experience of a number of Blue Jays prospects … Continue reading Mark Shapiro on Developing the Blue Jays Team Culture

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Vlad and Bo Will be All Right in AA

TSN's Scott Mitchell suggests that top prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Bo Bichette will face challenges at AA this year, after President/CEO Mark Shapiro confirmed the pair will begin their 2018 season there. The rise of the bash twins is quite remarkable.  Both are entering only their third year of pro ball, but are on … Continue reading Vlad and Bo Will be All Right in AA

MLB Draft Preview: Griffin Conine

After homering to his pull-side in the first, Griffin Conine showcases his oppo power in AB No. 2 in a 0-2 count. #mlbdraft pic.twitter.com/AYnq24GlnS — Michael Lananna (@mlananna) March 9, 2018 We've learned several things about the early round draft preferences of the Mark Shapiro/Ross Atkins regime over the course of the last two years: … Continue reading MLB Draft Preview: Griffin Conine

The Blue Jays Have a Problem…..

"Corruption exists in every pore of commerce, and the Latin-American market just happens to have really oily skin." Jason Parks, "From the Buscones to the Big Leagues,"    When we talk about the lower levels of the Toronto Blue Jays farm system, President/CEO Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins would like to have us mention … Continue reading The Blue Jays Have a Problem…..

Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects #9 Ryan Borucki

I had a chance to meet Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro in his Rogers Centre office a few weeks ago.  The plan was to talk about the state of the team's farm system, but it developed instead into a wide-ranging discussion about the team and baseball in general. One thing that Shapiro said … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects #9 Ryan Borucki

Blue Jays Spring Training Deal with Dunedin Approved

In the words of Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro, the team has taken a big step forward with the unanimous approval of a new 25-year licensing deal with Dunedin by the Florida city's council tonight. The Blue Jays were represented by Director of Florida Operations Shelby Nelson and Legal Counsel Matthew Shuber.  The approval guarantees … Continue reading Blue Jays Spring Training Deal with Dunedin Approved

Mark Shapiro on the State of the Blue Jays

Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro recently welcomed Future Blue Jays to his surprisingly compact 3rd floor office for  what was going to be an overview of the team's minor league system.  As the last warm rays of Indian Summer danced off of the Lake Ontario waves outside his south-facing window, the half-hour conversation … Continue reading Mark Shapiro on the State of the Blue Jays