Braves to hire Alex Tamin as director of major league operations

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Braves will hire Alex Tamin as director of major league operations. Tamin filled a similar role with the Dodgers last season and has worked extensively with Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos.

After spending a number of years working on arbitration cases as outside counsel for various MLB teams, Tamin signed on with the Dodgers in 2011 as director of baseball contracts, research and operations. During his six-year tenure with the team, he also assisted in player analysis and focused on blending the best of both scouting and sabermetrics. Per Rosenthal’s report, he not only oversaw the club’s transactions but was “heavily involved” in their advanced scouting process, and is expected to do much of the same for the Braves.

Tamin is the latest addition to Anthopoulos’ revamped front office, following the addition of vice president of amateur and international scouting Andrew Tinnish and the subsequent promotion of assistant general manager Perry Minasian. The Braves have yet to confirm the hiring.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).