Brudnicki: Mark Shapiro’s son seems primed for family business

From Alexis Brudnicki at on February 4, 2020:

He shows up almost when you least expect it.

Mark Shapiro, the dad, briefly seems out of place in his office at Rogers Centre as he finishes up one meeting and gets ready to head into another. The Blue Jays’ president and CEO turns to his guest.

“Have you seen this?” the buttoned-up executive asks as he searches his phone for video of his 17-year-old son Caden doing an on-camera interview in the Indians’ clubhouse years earlier.

Caden helps his dad find the video. Mark laughs. “His voice is the same,” he says, embarrassing his teenage son. When the interview ends, he plays it again, ensuring no one missed anything through the joyful laughter the first time through.

He still has a little bit of time, so Mark begins scrolling through the photos on his phone. He shares shots of himself and a young Caden standing together behind a massive trophy, after the Cleveland Spiders finished their season with a championship, one of the last times Mark would coach his son. He pulls up a shot of himself at 17 — “probably about 100 pounds heavier than Caden,” he says, but looking remarkably similar to his offspring … if you can see beyond the football uniform.

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Originally published: February 4, 2020. Last Updated: February 4, 2020.