The Houston Astros search for a new general manager has reached its end.
This afternoon, the team hired former Atlanta Braves executive Dana Brown to replace the departed James Click.
Click was surprisingly not retained after the Astros won their World Series title last fall.
And so, the search for a new GM began.
But today, the Astros found their man.
And Brown is joining some rare company in the process.
As was reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Brown joins Chicago White Sox Vice President Ken Williams as the only two African-American executives in charge of baseball operations.
Houston #Astros GM Dana Brown joins #WhiteSox vice president Ken Williams as the only Black executives in charge of baseball operations.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 26, 2023
Not only are the Astros bringing in a very talented and experienced executive, but they have also brought in one of the trailblazers for Black executives in baseball.
Brown is one of baseball’s best minds and has great experience that spans all the way back to 1993, when he served as a scout in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
He also served as the Director of Scouting for the Montreal Expos, now known as the Washington Nationals.
Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Scouting in the Braves organization and was instrumental in helping the team draft and develop talent such as Vaughn Grissom, Spencer Strider, and National League Rookie of the Year Michael Harris II.
But this is an incredible hire by the Astros and could pave the way for more Black executives in the future.
Both Brown and Williams have been instrumental in the MLB community in terms of diversity and inclusion, as well as helping develop young talent.NEXT: The Astros Have Found Their New GM