Braves hire for­mer Dodgers exec An­thopou­los as GM

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

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.

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