October 13, 2009
According to multiple sources, the Washington Nationals have hired former Atlanta Braves scouting director Roy Clark as assistant general manager, with his duties to be varied and wide-ranging. Clark worked for Atlanta for 20 years in their scouring and development department.
According to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal story, Clark will oversee the Nationals player development and all scouting functions, including international scouting, an area of particular weakness in the Nats organization.
This is the second time Clark has been linked to a job with DC, apparently turning down a role withe less responsibilities in 2006. He has long-time ties with Nationals president Stan Kasten.
This news comes on the heels of Dana Brown leaving the organization, as he took the assistant general manager position with the Toronto Blue Jays. Brown has been with the Nationals since their days in Montreal, and had a stated desire to work his way "up the ladder," hopefully ascending to a general manager position.
With that job full in DC, Brown rejoins a man he once hired, Alexander Anthopolis, back north of the border.
Kris Kline, currently the assistant scouting director and highly thought of in the organization, could be elevated into Brown's former roll.
Buried in the excitement of all this turmoil was the news that Moose Stubing was relieved of his duties as special assistant to the general manager. How many Nats fans even knew Stubing was on the payroll?
Regardless, current assistant general manager Bob Boone still has his job...for now.
Of course, all this news has to be supported by published reports, as the Nationals have been completely mum on any topic of front office restructuring. There have been no press releases to date, nor have they comments for any of the published reports.
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