ATLANTA -- Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos will reunite with a longtime friend when Dana Brown arrives in Atlanta to begin his new role as vice president of scouting.Brown will oversee the club's amateur scouting efforts, filling the void created when scouting director Brian Bridges was dismissed from the organization.
ATLANTA -- Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos will reunite with a longtime friend when Dana Brown arrives in Atlanta to begin his new role as vice president of scouting.
Brown will oversee the club's amateur scouting efforts, filling the void created when scouting director Brian Bridges was dismissed from the organization. The 51-year-old Brown spent the past nine seasons serving as a special assistant to the general manager for the Blue Jays. Anthopoulos served as Toronto's GM during a majority of this stint.
"We are extremely excited to add Dana to our baseball operations staff," Anthopoulos said. "His track record of identifying Major League talent is unquestioned, and we look forward to his contributions to our organization."
When Anthopoulos was entering the baseball world with Montreal, he developed a friendship with Brown, who spent eight seasons as the scouting director for the Expos/Nationals.
Shortly after becoming the Blue Jays' general manager in 2009, Anthopoulos lured Brown to Toronto to begin his role as a special assistant.
Upon being hired by the Blue Jays, Brown told FOX Sports he considers Anthopoulos to be "like a younger brother."
Anthopoulos accepted his role with the Braves approximately six weeks after the 2017 season. He opted to keep the previous regime's scouting department in place. But several scouts have long speculated Brown would eventually fill the role held by Bridges, despite signing a one-year contract extension in October.
Bridges' dismissal was announced around the same time the Braves learned they had won the grievance filed by Carter Stewart, a right-hander who did not sign after being selected by the club with the eighth pick in last year's MLB Draft.
Though the timing seemed odd, Anthopoulos has said Bridges' dismissal was not directly related to the events surrounding Stewart's case.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.