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Braves hire former Dodgers, Blue Jays exec Anthopoulos as GM

The Atlanta Braves have hired former Dodgers and Blue Jays executive Alex Anthopoulos as their general manager. Anthopoulos succeeds John Coppolella, who was forced to resign after an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball disclosed rule violations committed by the Braves in the international player market.
By The News · 13 of November 2017 21:17:12
FILE - In this July 28, 2015, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos speaks at a press conference in Toronto. The Atlanta Braves have selected a young but experienced leader to guide their team, hiring former Dodgers and Blue Jays executive Alex Anthopoulos as their general manager, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Anthopoulos, 40, is expected to be introduced as general manager on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, the person told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity Monday because the hiring has yet to be announced. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP, File), No available, FILE - In this July 28, 2015, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos speaks at a press conference in Toronto. The Atlanta Braves have selected a young but experienced leader to guide their team, hiring former Dodgers and Blue Jays executive Alex Anthopoulos as their general manager, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Anthopoulos, 40, is expected to be introduced as general manager on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, the person told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity Monday because the hiring has yet to be announced. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have hired former Dodgers and Blue Jays executive Alex Anthopoulos as their general manager, giving the team a young but experienced leader to provide stability amid a crisis.

Anthopoulos also was named executive vice president in control of baseball operations.

The 40-year-old Anthopoulos was introduced by team chairman Terry McGuirk, who at a news conference Monday also announced that John Hart is moving into a new role as a senior adviser as Anthopoulos takes over baseball operations from Hart.

Anthopoulos succeeds John Coppolella, who was forced to resign on Oct. 2 after an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball disclosed rule violations committed by the Braves in the international player market.

Anthopoulos, Toronto’s onetime general manager, spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ vice president of baseball operations.

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