March 26, 2023

Dana Brown, who served as scouting director with the Montreal Expos in the early 2000s, was named general manager of the Houston Astros on Thursday.

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Montreal’s great accomplice Alex Anthopoulos finally gets the chance to assert himself as GM, at the age of 55. Brown first made a name for himself in the province of Quebec as a recruiting manager in 2002. He followed the franchise when he moved to Washington, serving with the Nationals until 2009.

Anthopoulos, his former colleague at the Expos, didn’t take long to bring Brown closer to him. From 2010 to 2018, the American was special assistant to the general manager at the Toronto Blue Jays with the Quebecer, then joined him at the Atlanta Braves in 2019, this time as vice-president of recruitment.

“We are excited to have Dana join our organization. He brings championship experience to our team and is the right person to help us remain a winning franchise on and off the field,” Astros owner and president Jim Crane said in a statement.

Due in part to the work of the New Brunswick, New Jersey native, the Braves won the World Series in 2021.

After a brief minor playing career with the Philadelphia Phillies, Brown got his first major league scouting job with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1994.

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