Alex Anthopoulos named “Executive of the Year” on same day he quits as Blue Jays GM


As if Alex Anthopoulos turning down a five-year contract extension offer from the Blue Jays and stepping down as general manager a week after being in the ALCS wasn’t drama enough, now there’s this:

Minutes before beginning a conference call with the local Toronto media to explain his side of the decision Anthopoulos received word from The Sporting News that he won the Executive of the Year award as voted on by his peers.

Anthopoulos said all the right things during the conference call, tossing around compliments without pointing any fingers, but it seems clear that once he realized the scope of his role in the Blue Jays’ front office was changing with the arrival of new team president Mark Shapiro he no longer wanted to be the GM, long-term contract or not.

And now he’s a free agent, albeit one with a shiny new award.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

Jorge Soler
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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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