CLEVELAND – Indians President Mark Shapiro is leaving the club after 24 years to join Toronto's front office.
The teams said Monday that Shapiro will become the Blue Jays' new president and CEO following the 2015 season. He will replace Paul Beeston, who is retiring.
Shapiro barely finished his opening remarks before tearing up at a news conference.
"I almost made it all the way through," he said, turning to owner Paul Dolan.
Shapiro, 48, has been with the Indians since 1992, when he began as an assistant in baseball operations. He spent nine years as general manager before becoming president in 2010. Shapiro was baseball's executive of the year following the 2005 and 2007 seasons.
"I'm a lot about wanting to become better, wanting to grow, wanting to develop," Shapiro said. "To do that, you have to be challenged. This opportunity for me would be the right challenge at the right time of our lives and of my life."