Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro has been facing some criticism over comments he made on a local TV station recently in response to an angry season ticket holder’s email. The fan asked Shapiro to give him a reason to renew his tickets for 2013, and Shapiro told the fan “don’t come” if his only reason for going to games is to see the team win. Not exactly the brightest thing a team president can say to a frustrated customer, so Shapiro attempted to clarify his response on Tuesday. He did not do a very good job. “I told him if the sole reason, the only reason, for renewing is predicated on us winning, then they shouldn’t come,” Shapiro said according to Bruce Hooley of ESPN Cleveland. “I stand by that. Baseball has to mean more than just being a fan when you win. “No where are we spending more of our time, more of our energy or more money in trying to win. We all understand that the single-most important thing in baseball is winning and losing. But we are always going to have cycles to when we can win.” Once again, not the brightest thing for a team’s president to say. Some personal seat licenses belong to people with businesses who don’t care about the team or rich people with so much money they need to find ways to spend it. But many season tickets are sold to people whose sole reason for opening up their wallets each season is that “this could be our year.” Is there more to going to a ballgame than seeing your team win? Of course, and season ticket holders know they are going to see plenty of losses each season no matter how good there team is. That being said, the idea is to win. If you don’t think your team has a shot at the postseason and you aren’t made of money, why not save a few grand? Fist pound to Hardball Talk

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12 Comments:
  • Mark Shapiro runs the team like he doesnt care about winning. The whole lot of those jokers need to go.
  • Mark Shapiro is a tool and his boss a bigger one. he overpayed for the Indians and refuses to do anything to make the Indians a contender until he gets his money back. As former starters for the Indians win World Series elsewhere and ticket prices go up, Mr. Shapiro truly needs to answer for his own salary.

    His latest comments show he is a buffoon.
  • Mr Shapiro's comments are shameful. What does he think fans should expect? All this franchise does year after year is sign utility players and releif pitchers coming off of surgery. Us fans are sick of it. His comments are not surprising. It is clear they are not committed to winning. I hope Progressive turns into a ghost town like the old Municipal Stadium was.
  • Open mouth insert foot! Just more proof that A-holes own & run the team. Under the Dolan's they have proceeded to ruin a baseball franchise. With Shapiro as GM the team has traded what talented player's they did have for JUNK, minor league player's at best. The ownership is CHEAP and the keystone cops that run the front office wouldn't know talent if it came up and hit em with a Louisville Slugger!
  • Mark Shapiro is as much to blame for the tribe's poor showings other than the BAD ownership He runs the show? Jonny Damon, Derek Lowe Shelly Duncan, Casey Kothman,Tony Sipp Roberto, Fausto, whatever his name was?, COME ON If you are playing to compete at least try the young kids when you stink and see if there is talent in the minors. Stop with the washed up vets that no one else wants, or they would have went and signed with a better team. Shapiro needs to go and a change in ownership will be a blessing. terrible bussinessman. By the way, I'm in a great group of people who have been season ticketholders since Jacob's Field opened. Do your job quit whining about small market, the 90's where great, and put a product on the field. OR GET OUT OF HERE SHAPIRO
  • Mark Shapiro has always disrespected the fans. he gloats when he gets rid of fan favorite players saying he knows fans will be upset.
    He has been a total failure at putting a winning team together. He should be fired and unfortunatly he has trained Cris A. to be just like him.
    If the Dolans cannot do better than those two they should sell out. Not many worse in the Major leagues. Its a total shame.
  • And everyone was complaining about Chris Perez's comments. I would want out too!!! Should b another exciting year at Progressive Field for AA baseball!!!
  • I was a long time season ticket holder for the Indians. One time I called my sales rep with some questions. He was rude, and told me to go look on the website. Then he called me to see if I was going to renew my tickets. I didn't call him back. He called me and left a nasty voice message about me not taking his calls. I don't need a guilt trip from a sales person who was nothing but rude to me. Nor will I buy season tickets anytime soon, unless I become rich and need something to spend my money on.
  • Why do the responses from Mark Shapiro surprise anyone? He is a commodities broker representing ownership - nothing more, nothing less. His job is to pull a profit through player deals and overall team marketability. He could care less about "the common fan" and your few dollars you throw down for a single, multiple game, or season ticket. The quality of play has steadily declined since 2001 when GM John Hart left. Mark Shapiro will never care about the wins nor the fans - he never has and never will. Just one game - ONE GAME - no fan should show up. What are we going to miss - another loss? Not like Shapiro cares.
  • The owners do NOT have the money to spend on quality free agents. Yes, it would be great to have owners who did have the money to bring in talent. The Indians' minor league is depleted of talent to currently move up to the majors. Free agents do not want to come to a small market, poor quality team; they want to go to the playoffs. The Tribe will have to work hard to stay out of last place in their division the next two years. This all said, I love my Cleveland Indians and will again be at 10-15 "major league" games this year at the "Jake" (sorry, still the Jake to me). "GO TRIBE"
  • well, biggieballer, if the owners don't have the money then get the heck outta here & let someone with deeper pockets come in & try to salvage what's left of this once proud organization. Shapitrow (whoops a typo) & all his cheap-ass cronies need to leave on the next bus (too cheap to fly)
  • Hey Mark, your fired......take the first RTA bus outta Cleveland and don't attack the driver cuz you'll consistantly lose like the teams you field.....idiot!
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