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Tinnish remaining in Toronto as assistant GM

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TORONTO -- Andrew Tinnish won't be joining the Braves after all. The Blue Jays' assistant general manager has instead decided to stick with Toronto because of "personal family considerations."

Atlanta announced on Friday night that Tinnish has withdrawn from his recently announced position as vice president of amateur and international scouting.

TORONTO -- Andrew Tinnish won't be joining the Braves after all. The Blue Jays' assistant general manager has instead decided to stick with Toronto because of "personal family considerations."

Atlanta announced on Friday night that Tinnish has withdrawn from his recently announced position as vice president of amateur and international scouting.

Tinnish was hired by the Braves earlier this week. He was officially welcomed to the organization in a press release from Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos and joined a front office that also included former Blue Jays executive Perry Minasian.

"After deep consideration, and despite a great opportunity from the Braves, I feel the best decision for me and my family is to remain in Toronto with the Blue Jays," Tinnish said in a statement.

Tinnish is one of the most prominent Canadian executives in baseball. He's a graduate of nearby Brock University and was Toronto's director of amateur scouting for three years before being promoted to assistant GM by Anthopoulos in 2013. Tinnish was credited for drafting the likes of Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Anthony Alford and Daniel Norris.

The 41-year-old Tinnish also played a role in signing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as an international free agent, and he was part of a Toronto contingent that watched Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani. Tinnish remains as one of three assistant GMs on Toronto's front-office staff, which includes Tony LaCava and Joe Sheehan.

"I know this was a difficult decision for Andrew, but it is one that he made with his family's best interests in mind," Anthopoulos said in a statement. "We wish Andrew and his family all the best in their future endeavors."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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