Former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos guides Braves to World Series

Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is taking his Atlanta Braves to the World Series after making a series of key moves prior to the trade deadline.

2021-10-24 7:53:00 AM

Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is taking his Atlanta Braves to the World Series after making a series of key moves prior to the trade deadline.

Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is heading to the World Series with the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta's president of baseball operations and general manager watched the Braves book a date with the Houston Astros by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday.

after making a big push to bolster his roster at the trade deadline.Atlanta's president of baseball operations and general manager watched the Braves book a date with the Houston Astros by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday.

Like in 2015 with the Jays, Anthopoulos made big moves prior to the '21 trade deadline -- acquiring outfielders Joc Pederson, Eddie Rosario, Adam Duvall and Jorge Soler, catcher Stephen Vogt and reliever Richard Rodriguez -- to help the Braves capture the NL East title.

"They were playing tough the whole way. They grinded and grinded and grinded. We were right there. We were close," Anthopoulos said in an on-field interview after the game."(Braves chairman) Terry McGuirk came to me at the All-Star break and said you've got whatever you need to get this club better and we went full speed ahead." headtopics.com

Anthopoulos left the Blue Jays after guiding the team to the ALCS in 2015, ending a 22-year playoff drought.The Montreal native spent the next two seasons as vice-president of baseball operations for the Dodgers before becoming the Braves' GM in 2017.

Anthopoulos' teams have made the playoffs every year since 2015.Anthopoulos, who started his career as an intern with the Montreal Expos in 2000 before joining the Jays' scouting staff in 2003, isn't the only Canadian connection with the Braves.

Ace starter Mike Soroka of Calgary has missed the entire year because of a knee injury, while first baseman Freddie Freeman's parents are Canadian and he represented Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.When submitting content, please abide by our

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Who's laughing now, Toronto? Finally, if the 2021 Blue Jays played in the NL East, they’d have run away with the pennant. So you can have your hindsight. I’m happy with where we are. 2/2 What AA did in 2015 got us to the ALCS twice. That said, he emptied the farm system to do it. He also took on huge contracts like Tulo’s (which we only finished paying last year). And people forget the other trades, especially the Marlins and R. A. Dickey trades. 1/2

Yet another huge mistake made by Blue Jays letting him go!! Way to go Alex I just hope his team beats the astericks! As a blue jays fan I’m rooting for the braves. It’s gonna be a great series 'AA inherited a stacked team'. Morons. Shatkins inherited vladdy, the reigning AL MVP. No different than AA inheriting acuna and Freeman. One guy made great trade deadline acquisitions, the other went for Brad hand. If rogers is smart they'll do whatever it takes to get AA back.

Love AA but as for the Braves they can have Travis Tritt Happy for him personally….not happy for their fans He inherited the braves

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Good on him. He did a great job in Toronto. Was so disappointed when he left. But happy he's getting his success. Thanks but keep his ass in Atlanta….🤮🤮🤮 A lot of respect for AA & what he did for the blueJays before being shoved out the door, but let’s be honest - he walked into an embarrassment of prospect riches in Atlanta. That said he did the right thing he with them, didn’t he. Wonder how JoseBautista feels about that.

Blue Jays should have never let this man go. One of, if not the biggest mistake in Jays history.

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