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Anthony LaCava

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Tony LaCava has been a long-time scout and executive.

LaCava was undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh. He signed with his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .302/.386/.409 in 21 games for the 1983 GCL Pirates in a utility role and was 0 for 11 with two walks for the Greenwood Pirates. In 1984, Tony fell to .153/.268/.161 for the Macon Pirates to end his playing career. He backed up Dimas Gutierrez at third and Jose Lind at second.

In 1989, Tony was hired by the California Angels as a scout. He moved up to Regional Crosschecker by 1996. In 2000, he joined the Atlanta Braves as their National Scouting Supervisor. The Montréal Expos next hired him, as Director of Player Development, in September 2000. He continued to move around, joining the Cleveland Indians in 2002 as a national crosschecker. While in Cleveland, we was a big part of a trade with Montreal in which Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens were sent to the Indians in return for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew. In the fall of 2002, the Toronto Blue Jays named him as an Assistant to the General Manager. He was moved up to Assistant GM in October 2007, a position he would occupy for the next eight years, first under J.P. Ricciardi and starting in 2009, under Alex Anthopoulos.

On November 2, 2015, he was named interim General Manager of the Blue Jays on the day Mark Shapiro took over as team president. He was taking a difficult job, as his predecessor, Anthopoulos, had just engineered the Blue Jays' most successful season since their second World Series title in 1993, but had failed to come to an agreement with Shapiro on how they would work together. LaCava had worked for Shapiro previously, in the Indians organization, but it was clear that his boss would be calling the shots for the time being, and there was no job security attached to the position.

Preceded by
Alex Anthopoulos
Toronto Blue Jays General Manager
Succeeded by

Source: 2010 Blue Jays Media Guide

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