Braves to name Alex Anthopoulos new GM

Faith Castro
November 14, 2017

Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the Braves will hire Alex Anthopoulos as general manager.

Prior to joining the Dodgers, Anthopoulos spent six seasons as the Toronto Blue Jays' general manager, which culminated in an American League East title in 2015 to snap Toronto's 22-year postseason drought.

According to Sherman‏, John Hart will remain for now as president of the club, but "Anthopoulos will have final decision making powers in baseball".

The Braves have been without a general manager since John Coppolella resigned over a month ago. There is said to be no evidence directly implicating Hart in the rule breaking found to this point, but he was in charge when it occurred and there's a question of a management issue. Anthopoulos was selected as Sporting News' MLB Executive of the Year that season. Sources say Coppolella has hired a lawyer, though he isn't speaking about the matter.

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Reports also suggested Anthopoulos was the Braves' second choice behind Kansas City GM Dayton Moore, whom Royals owner David Glass never gave permission to interview with Atlanta.

Anthopoulos joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in January of 2016 as the team's vice president. Shapiro originally offered Anthopoulos a short deal to stay before upper management stepped in and offered about $10 million over five years; Anthopoulos left anyway.

During his tenure with the Jays, Anthopoulos was instrumental in acquiring Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, both of whom had their best years in Toronto.

Anthopoulos, 40, began his baseball career with the Montreal Expos as a media relations intern in 2000 before transitioning to worldwide scouting and serving as Montreal's coordinator for amateur and professional scouting for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

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