Braves to hire Gorden Blakeley

The Braves restructuring of the front office is underway with the hiring of Gordon Blakeley.

The New York Post reported Thursday that longtime Yankees scout Gordon Blakeley is leaving the Bronx Bombers for a job with the Atlanta Braves.

Blakeley will reportedly be a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Braves. Of course, the ironic thing about this story is the Braves do not have a full-time general manager, at least not yet.

However, the hiring shows there may be a general manager already in office. Blakeley worked with John Coppolella, who is now the assistant GM with the Braves and began his career in the Yankees organization. Coppolella is expected to have a larger role in the rebuilt Atlanta front office, depending on what interim GM John Hart decides to do.

Blakeley is credited with signing such international stars such as Robinson Cano, Alfonso Soriano, Orlando Hernandez, Jose Contreras and Hideki Irabu. He’s also credited with the decision for New York to draft Phil Hughes several years ago.

Blakeley joined the Yankees in 1994 after serving as a scout for the Mariners for seven years. He was a favorite of the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who promoted Blakeley to a senior vice president of baseball operations in 2003. He’s also had a huge role in the Yankees’ international scouting efforts.

The is an expectation that more dramatic changes are coming in the Atlanta front office, but of course, the new general manager will be the first major domino to fall. It is not known what the timetable is for that decision to happen. However, it looks more and more like Coppolella and Hart will somehow comprise of the upper management team for the Braves moving forward into 2015.

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