TORONTO (AP) – Mark Shapiro hoped for a smoother start to his new job as president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The longtime Cleveland Indians executive, who began his role with Toronto on Monday, spoke at a packed news conference eager for more details about last week’s departure of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, the architect of the Blue Jays’ first playoff team since 1993.
“Not the transition that I originally expected, not the opening press conference that I envisioned,” Shapiro said as he took the stage in front of nine television cameras and dozens of media in a small room across the hall from the Toronto clubhouse.
Shapiro said Tony LaCava will serve as interim general manager after Anthopoulos rejected a contract offer and left the team last Thursday, days after the team was eliminated from the American League Championship Series. LaCava had been an assistant to Anthopoulos since 2007.
Shapiro also said John Gibbons will remain manager of the Blue Jays in 2016.
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