Braves hire former Dodgers exec Anthopoulos as GM
ATLANTA — The remake of the Atlanta Braves’ management was completed Monday when Alex Anthopoulos was named general manager and John Hart was removed as team president.
Anthopoulos, a former Dodgers and Blue Jays executive, will have autonomy of baseball operations, giving him more power than any Braves general manager since John Schuerholz served from 1990 to 2007. Anthopoulos also was given the title of executive vice president, while Hart will assume a senior adviser role, team chairman Terry McGuirk announced at a news conference that Hart did not attend.
Anthopoulos was to fly to Orlando on Monday night to represent the Braves at baseball’s general managers’ meetings.
He spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ vice president of baseball operations after six years as Toronto’s general manager.
Anthopoulos succeeds John Coppolella, who was forced to resign as general manager on Oct. 2 after an investigation by Major League Baseball disclosed rule violations committed by the Braves in the international player market.