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MLB- Thursday Brings Change Around the League - This Is Sports Zone

Toronto General Manager, Alex Anthopoulos built the 2015 Blue Jays into a contender in the post season before they fell short to the Kansas City Royals. Anthopoulos was super successful at the deadline, acquiring guys like David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere and Mark Lowe. Towards the end of the season, the team that was built by Anthopoulos went on an amazing run, going 39-15 during August and September. This amazing run propelled them into the post season, where the won in the ALDS, before losing to the Royals in the ALCS. Anthopoulos’ contract has been in question over the last few months but after announcing that he would not return as the Blue Jays general manager, he said that it was no longer the best fit for him. Anthopoulos has been with the Blue Jays since 2003, but didn’t take over as the GM until 2009, when J.P. Ricciardi (current Assistant GM for the New York Mets) stepped down. The Jays were a career 489-483 over the span of Anthopoulos’ tenure. However, there was tension between Anthopoulos and ownership, who tried to bring Dan Duquette in as general manager last offseason, but was unable to work out a deal with Baltimore’s ownership group. Once the Blue Jays brought in Mark Shapiro as team president, the writing seemed on the wall for Anthopoulos, who was also named MLB Executive of the Year hours after he resigned. The resignation came after he rejected a five-year deal to stay in Toronto.

Don Mattingly stepped down as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 22nd, and one week later he has accepted the position as the next manager for the Miami Marlins. This will be the Marlins eighth manager since 2010. Mattingly will inherit a world of problems in Miami. They have some home-grown talent like Giancarlo Stanton and promising players like Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and ace Jose Fernandez. This will be a drastic change for Mattingly, having gone from a team with an almost $300 million payroll to one with only $77 million committed to players next season. Mattingly will not have the luxury of spending on good players to turn the Marlins into contenders. The talent that Miami will need to compete will have to be home-grown. Mattingly could’ve hung around with the Dodgers but decided to leave with a year remaining on his contract. One thing that’s for certain, is that he will definitely have his work cut out for him.

Also on Thursday, Miami announced that Dan Jennings will not return as general manager. Jennings shocked the baseball world by naming himself manager in May after firing Mike Redmond, leading them through a 71-91 season. He had announced he would not return as manager at the end of the season, but was expected to return to the front office until recently, but now president of baseball operations Michael Hill will continue to handle the responsibilities of the position, as he had done during the season.

The Washington Nationals, who fired former Manager of the Year Matt Williams after a disappointing season, are expected to hire former San Diego manager Bud Black as his replacement. The move is not thought to be announced until after to World Series. Black compiled a record of 649-713 with the Padres, and was fired during a lost season that came after new general manager AJ Preller made several splashy moves last offseason, including trading for Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, and signing James Shields. The Nats decision reportedly came down to Black and veteran manager Dusty Baker.

Lastly, the Padres announced their new manager today, surprising many by going with former utility player Andy Green to replace Black at the helm. Many thought former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was the front-runner, but instead they went with Green, who has never managed before. He has a good record as a minor league manager, and was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff this past season, serving as third base coach.

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