Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery

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Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery this morning. In a surprise, the doctor announced afterward that it “was the least successful surgery ever. Really, I messed up. It’s a hot mess in that knee, and he would have been far better off with an amputation than the havoc I wreaked in that thing.”

Just kidding. It was successful. All surgeries are successful. No one ever says differently.

But it’s a serious injury, so Gonzalez is still toast for the season. And maybe forever? He’s 35 and can’t really hit anymore. His glove is still solid, but if he wants a job next year he’s going to have to show that he hasn’t lost any mobility due to the surgery.

Braves promote Alex Anthopoulos, extend Brian Snitker

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The Atlanta Braves announced this morning that they have promoted general manager Alex Anthopoulos to President, Baseball Operations and General Manager and have extended his contract through 2024. They have likewise extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and his coaching staff through the 2021 season.

Anthopoulos’ promotion will not likely change his duties very much, as it’s become increasingly common for top baseball operations executives to be given the title of “president” as opposed to “GM.” Part of this is some expansion of the role of said executives. Some of it is simple title inflation. Some of it is to prevent other teams from being able to interview and potentially poach top executives without permission under the guise of promotion.

Anthopoulos was hired following the 2017 season, replacing former GM John Coppolella, who resigned and was subsequently permanently banned from baseball following his involvement in a scandal in which he breached rules in connection with signings of international players and obstructed Major League Baseball’s investigation into it all. Before that Antopoulos served as the Blue Jays’ GM for seven years.

Snitker took over as interim manager when the Braves fired Fredi Gonzalez in the middle of the 2016 season. He and Coppolella did not get along and there were strong suggestions that he would never lose the interim tag, but he has been on far steadier ground since Anthopoulos took over. Winning helps, of course, and under the leadership of Anthopoulos and Snitker, the Braves have won the last two NL East titles, going 187-137 in the past two seasons.