Braves executive could be Astros next GM

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Braves executive could be Astros next GM

Dana Brown, vice president of scouting for the Atlanta Braves, appears to be the Houston Astros’ preferred target.

The Houston Astros may have their sights set on a new general manager, and they could be stealing him from the team that beat them in the 2019 World Series.

Atlanta Braves vice president of scouting Dana Brown “has emerged as the clear front-runner” for the position, according to longtime baseball insider Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Brown is credited with the selections of center fielder Michael Harris and starting pitcher Spencer Strider, who just finished 1-2 in the race for NL Rookie of the Year.

“I remember Dana telling me [Michael Harris] was a top-five high school bat in the draft — he wrote it in his report as well — and that we had to take him,” Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos recently said to reporters in Atlanta. “He wasn’t highly touted at all, and Dana wanted to take him in the third round. I remember asking him if he was sure we needed to take him that high, and he was adamant. He did the same thing with Spencer Strider (the Braves’ fourth-round pick) in 2020. I’ve been with him a long time, and when he’s that convicted, I stay out of the way.”

If hired, Brown would be MLB’s only African American general manager. Ken Williams, the Chicago White Sox vice president, is MLB’s only African American executive.

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