An­thopou­los happy per­son­ally, pro­fes­sion­ally with move to At­lanta

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - SPORTS - STEVE BUF­FERY

CARLS­BAD, Calif. — Braves gen­eral man­ager Alex An­thopou­los as been in At­lanta for a year now and it’s fair to say things are go­ing swim­mingly.

The young Braves team made the post- sea­son and won a di­vi­sion ti­tle for the first time since 2013.

An­thopou­los is shop­ping for a cor­ner out­fielder, a closer and a catcher this off- sea­son. Of course, An­thopou­los has only been with the Braves for a year, but he couldn’t have joined the or­ga­ni­za­tion at a bet­ter time. With the win­ning, at­ten­dance is up, as are TV rat­ings in At­lanta.

On a per­sonal note, An­thopou­los said he and his fam­ily have ad­justed well to liv­ing in the U. S. south.

“I’d heard such good things, great place to raise a fam­ily, great place to be, ev­ery­body’s re­ally nice and kind,” said the Mon­treal na­tive who was the GM of the Blue Jays from late 2009 un­til 2015.

“Our kids re­ally en­joy it, my wife does as well. Ob­vi­ously my wife’s fam­ily is still all in Toronto, so hour- anda- half flight and they get to spend the sum­mers back in Toronto. So I like the fact that ( the kids) get a lit­tle bit of a blend ( Canada- U. S. South).”

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