Best Redemption

Mark Shapiro

Remember a few years back when Larry from Lakewood was calling WTAM, demanding that Mark Shapiro get fired? Neither does Shapiro. "You can't get caught up in the praise when you do something right or the criticism when something goes wrong," the Tribe's GM said last week. He's exploited the inefficiencies of the baseball market better than any GM in baseball, and the small-market Tribe has its key core of players signed relatively inexpensively through 2011. Besides C.C. Sabathia, of course, whose contract expires after 2008. But for now, we're trusting Shapiro can pull that one off too.