Paul Beeston has signed a contract extension and will remain president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays until the end of the team’s 2015 season, at which time he will retire.
“Paul is one of baseball’s greats, whose passion for – and commitment to – winning is unparalleled. He is a proud Canadian and we’re proud to have him lead Canada’s team for the upcoming season,” said Blue Jays chairman Edward Rogers in a statement. “We have been in discussions with Paul about his future with the team since his contract expired in October. There were many rumours flying about, but it would have been inappropriate to comment on such matters publicly. Make no mistake – we are elated to have Paul continue to lead the team for this season.”
“I love this ball club and the fans. I wake up every day thinking about the game and bringing another championship north of the border. I’m excited for the season ahead – we’ve got a great group of guys who are fiercely competitive and hope to be playing ball in October,” Beeston said.
The 69-year-old was the first Jays employee in 1976 and has been with the ball club for 31 years, winning two World Series titles with the team. He has served two terms as Toronto Blue Jays president (1989-1997 and 2008-present), and five years as president and COO of Major League Baseball.
Beeston’s successor will start when he retires. Rogers will not be commenting on the succession process or timing.