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Brown Discusses Departure From Nats

Sunday night, Dana Brown decided to take a new job, departing the Washington Nationals -- where he served as scouting director -- for a higher-level front-office position with the Toronto Blue Jays. Brown agonized over the decision, in part because he'd been with the organization for eight years, longer than all but three or four employees. Through all the turmoil -- contraction talk, prospect-gutting trades, relocation to Washington -- Brown was a steadying force.

So why is he leaving now, to become a special assistant to new Toronto General Manager Alex Anthopoulos?

"I have aspirations of maybe one day being a GM down the road some time," Brown said, "and I thought this was maybe another stepping stone."

On Monday, Brown was already in Toronto, meeting just a few of his new co-workers. One he already knows well. When Brown first joined the Expos in early 2002, Anthopoulos was an intern. Brown, based on his recollection, hired Anthopoulos to a full-time job days later.

Brown's departure from the Nationals, leaves a hole that could be filled in-house by crosschecker Kris Kline, a trusted lieutenant for General Manager Mike Rizzo. The Blue Jays requested permission from Rizzo to speak with Brown about their job opening last week.

"It was a very difficult thing for me [to leave] because I had been a part of the organization for eight years," Brown said. "And Stan [Kasten] and I talked about this: Right as more players are starting to get [to the majors], here I jump to another team. So it's kind of like you have to watch the players you helped draft get this chance while you're with another team. And the friendships you develop -- Kasten, Rizzo, all the people in baseball operations. I get along with everybody. So it's tough to come to a new organization where you know the GM, maybe a few scouts, and that's it."

All along, Brown was planning to spend time in the Arizona Fall League, which begins on Tuesday. But now he'll have expanded duties. Brown will be in Arizona not only to evaluate his own players, but also to file reports on opponents -- "targets," as he described, that Toronto might consider in the Rule 5 draft or in trades.

"Basically I'm going to assist Alex on all baseball operations and player moves, in terms of helping with the draft, helping with trades, evaluating players in the minor leagues," Brown said. "I'll probably see some players in the Latin American countries. Anything that also has to do with trades. Covering the fall league. And basically reporting to the general manager."

By Chico Harlan  |  October 12, 2009; 7:14 PM ET
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So he predates Bowden as GM.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 12, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

heh, heh. How long before the Blue Jays become the new Reds in trade partners?

Posted by: NatsNut | October 12, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

we can always count on NJ for breaking news - especially news broken earlier and elsewhere.

Posted by: surly_w | October 12, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Well AZ is pretty close to Mexico ... after all :)

Posted by: periculum | October 12, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Ladson,

Dodgers like their lineup as is
11:21AM ET
Los Angeles Dodgers

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That apparently will be the Dodgers' philosophy heading into the NLCS.

The LA Daily News says the Dodgers are not expected to make any changes to the lineup that swept the Cardinals in their Division Series. In that scenario, ***Ronnie Belliard*** will remain the second baseman over ***Orlando Hudson*** and Matt Kemp will stay in the No. 2 spot in the order.

Posted by: periculum | October 12, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

wow. brad lidge vs. troy tulowitzki. this game is crazy.

Posted by: NatsNut | October 12, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

So Keith Law used to work for the Blue Jays as assistant to J.P. Richardi. He hated Bowden, Kasten, and it would seem everything about the Nationals. Now Dana Brown goes to work for the Blue Jays under J.P. Richardi's replacement. Perhaps Law will now go after the Jays too. Baseball's least objective sports columnist Law will probably remain silent for now, but wait for the criticism to trickle in over the winter and the subsequent seasons.

Posted by: natbiscuits | October 12, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Ok, did I read this right? A guy who was an intern with the Expos front office in 2002 is now the GM of the Blue Jays? Wow. No wonder Brown thinks he ought to try moving up in the world.

Posted by: Section222 | October 12, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Braves scouting director may be coming to the Nats:
and says some very nice things.

Posted by: TomServo | October 13, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse


Was Brown a candidate for the Asst GM spot that Rizzo is working to fill?

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | October 13, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Go get those Phoolies, boys. (And you may want to sharpen a few stakes before Thursday. Just an idea.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 13, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Huh, maybe we should have promoted him

Posted by: dclifer97 | October 13, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

From a recent MASN blog by Johnny Holliday, in case some of you might like to drop Jack a line:

While I'm at it, let me thank you again for your thoughts, prayers and best wishes for my 11 year old grandson Jack Rolle. He will be in Boston this entire month undergoing Radiation for his Cancer. Like any 11-year-old Jack loves to get cards and letters. Should you have the time, his address is 1 Emerson Place Apartment 2-M, Boston, Mass 02114. I know he'd get a kick out of hearing from you.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 13, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Bringing in Roy Clark from the Braves would be a fine addition. He's worked for an organization that has had success developing their own, running a well respected front office, and earned strong credibility. Rizzo and Clark would be a formidble team. He also brings alot of intradivisional knowledge.

Posted by: natbiscuits | October 13, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

... Bud Light and Jeffrey Loria, take note:

Old Expos (Dana Brown), like old Expos' fans (moi) never die; they move on to Toronto.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | October 13, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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