Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Welcome to the Blue, Alex Anthopoulos!

The Dodgers are not only signing all the prospects.  They are also signing all the front office executives.

Officially announced today, the Dodgers have hired former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos.  He's the fellow who recently built Toronto into Baseball juggernaut.  BTW, he is the seventh Dodgers front office executive to have been or currently are an GM.

I hope we don't run into a situation where there are too many cooks in the kitchen.

Per a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as Vice President, Baseball Operations.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Alex on board,” said Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. “Farhan [Zaidi], Josh [Byrnes], and myself all have longstanding relationships with him and believe his experience and perspective will be a tremendous asset to our organization.”

Anthopoulos, 38, will assist in all aspects of Baseball Operations.

Anthopoulos spent the past six seasons as the Blue Jays’ General Manager, culminating with a selection as Sporting News’ MLB Executive of the Year in 2015, when his trade-deadline acquisitions helped spur the Blue Jays to an AL East title and their first postseason appearance in 22 years.

Anthopoulos joined Toronto following the 2003 season as a scouting coordinator and earned a promotion to Vice President, Baseball Operations & Assistant General Manager in 2006 before taking over as GM on Oct. 3, 2009. He began his baseball career with the Expos as a media relations intern in 2000 before transitioning to scouting for the club for the next three seasons.
In celebration of his arrival to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy card for him.  I used a photograph grabbed from the Star.com (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star) and the 1986 Topps Baseball card design.

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