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Braves' front office continues to take shape

Tinnish hired, Minasian promoted to work alongside new GM Anthopoulos
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ATLANTA -- As Alex Anthopoulos continues to delve into his new role as the Braves' general manager, he is surrounding himself with some of those confidants who aided him when he held the same role with the Blue Jays.

Anthopoulos' staff began to take shape Monday, when the Braves announced the addition of Andrew Tinnish as vice president of amateur and international scouting and the promotion of Perry Minasian to vice president of baseball operations and assistant general manager.

ATLANTA -- As Alex Anthopoulos continues to delve into his new role as the Braves' general manager, he is surrounding himself with some of those confidants who aided him when he held the same role with the Blue Jays.

Anthopoulos' staff began to take shape Monday, when the Braves announced the addition of Andrew Tinnish as vice president of amateur and international scouting and the promotion of Perry Minasian to vice president of baseball operations and assistant general manager.

Minasian assumes the role formerly held by Adam Fisher, as Anthopoulos wanted his right-hand man to be somebody he was more familiar with. Fisher will be paid over the remainder of the two-year contract he signed just a little more than two months ago.

Tinnish and Minasian were both employed by the Blue Jays while Anthopoulos served as Toronto's GM from 2009-15, while Fisher had joined the Braves after spending the past 13 seasons in the Mets' baseball operations department.

Anthopoulos was hired as the Braves' GM on Nov. 13, six weeks after John Coppolella was forced to resign from this role in the midst of an MLB investigation that concluded last week with the issuance of severe punishments that will have longstanding effects on the club's international market efforts.

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As he distanced himself from his former role as the Dodgers' vice president of baseball operations and spent the past two weeks getting acquainted with his new role, Anthopoulos benefited from the presence of Minasian, who left the Blue Jays to begin serving as the Braves' director of player personnel on Sept. 19.

When Fisher and Minasian began their respective Braves tenures on the same day, they had no clue Coppolella would be forced to resign two weeks later. The newly hired duo spent essentially all of October and the first half of November running the baseball operations department under the direction of John Hart, who was forced to vacate his role as the department's president two weeks ago.

Coppolella had envisioned Minasian handling some of the same duties that will now be controlled by Tinnish, who had served as the Blue Jays' assistant general manager since Anthopoulos promoted him to that position midway through the 2012 season.

Tinnish joined the Blue Jays in 2001 and was promoted to director of amateur scouting in 2009, a few months after Anthopoulos became the team's GM. The 41-year-old Hamilton, Ontario, native was heavily involved in the 2015 international signing of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Draft selections of Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Kevin Pillar, among others.

Braves director of scouting Brian Bridges will maintain his role and work under Tinnish's direction.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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