Posted Monday, November 26, 2007
General Manager Mark Shapiro says the Cleveland Indians can't handle stars. "We can't afford to have the inefficiencies even for a great talent. We need to function as efficiently as possible in our clubhouse," Shapiro says, "and that means guys have to know what it means to be a good teammate. We don't want to waste the energy on dealing with all those distractions." With a payroll in the bottom 25 percent of Major League baseball, Shapiro brought the Tribe this past season to within a single game of the World Series. He's been lauded for his management philosophy and style most recently by The Sporting News, who named him Major league baseball's executive of the year. Monday at 9 a.m., we bring you a conversation with Shapiro about that philosophy, his style and the players he says have become his family.
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