|Alex Anthopoulos' Golden Greek Success of Major League Baseball|
|Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:36|
Alex Anthopoulos is a name well known in the world of Major League Baseball. Mr. Anthopoulos is a Greek-Canadian who was born in Montreal, Quebec and has a degree in Economics from McMaster University. He is married and has two children. Anthopoulos began his career working with the Montreal Expos opening fan mail on the weekends. His relentless drive to learn led him to begin working with the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2003, as a Scouting Coordinator, before being promoted to Assistant General Manager and finally to General Manager.
When Alex Anthopoulos decided to make baseball his life, he had no baseball background and no contacts. He was a 23-year-old from Montreal running a heating and ventilation business started by his Greek-immigrant father. Today, at 37, he’s starting his sixth season as the Jays’ head of baseball operations.
So, how did Alex get to the top of Major League Baseball? It was his willingness to ask questions. The strong desire to learn and absorb information from his environment. His story is very similar to that of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple Inc. He was driven to know. He asked questions incessantly.
When Mr. Anthopoulos was a volunteer, opening fan mail on weekends for the Montreal Expos, baseball scout Fred Ferreira, recognized something in him and brought him to his Florida baseball academy as an unpaid intern for a year and a half. Later, when the Expos gave Alex (then a volunteer) a low-paid scouting job, he stayed up endless nights watching baseball’s scouting bureau videos of every amateur player on his laptop. The next day, the driven Greek-Canadian would ask the Expos’ scouting director, Dana Brown, about what he’d seen.
Blue Jays president Paul Beeston, who was with the Jays during the World Series championships of 1992 and 1993, hired Mr. Anthopoulos as general manager because he “learns relentlessly.”
Alex Anthopoulos is just one of the many success stories of many Greek-Canadians. We are proud of you Mr. Anthopoulos. Bravo!