Former Toronto Blue Jays General Manager, Alex Anthopoulos, is making his way to the 2021 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
Saturday night, the Braves won the National League championship, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the series. Canadian-born General Manager and President of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos is the mastermind behind the overall success of the Braves this season. Anthopoulos took advantage of a spontaneous trade market and went all in, acquiring his big guns at the deadline. Names such as Adam Duvall, Joc Pederson, Stephen Vogt, and the NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario were all result of the major trade deadline moves made by the man formerly known in Blue Jays land as “AA”.
“Terry McGuirk came to me at the all-star break and said, you know whatever you need to go make this club better, whatever you need. And we went full speed ahead…”, said the former Blue Jays GM, in response to reporter Lauren Shehadi.
Which is exactly what he did. Does this remind you of a time in Toronto?
We Reflect on the Blue Jays days with “AA”
In 2015, the Blue Jays fielded a team with abnormal potential; the most dangerous offensive team in the Major Leagues with overall dependable pitching. Alex Anthopoulos grinded to give the Blue Jays the respect on their name. Do you see the similarities in the story?
Although in 2015, the Jays fell short of an American League Championship, Alex brought the club into the playoffs for the first time since 1993. He solidified this project at the trade deadline, where he welcomed names such as David Price, Ben Revere, and Troy Tulowitzki. The first time in years that the Blue Jays were able to pop champagne in celebration of a pennant, winning the American League East.
In 2021, the Atlanta Braves are American League Champions and are going to the World Series for the first time since 1999. Congratulations to the Braves and salute to Alex Anthopoulos!