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Blue Jays assistant GM Tinnish withdraws from Braves front office job

Canadian Andrew Tinnish will be staying in the Toronto Blue Jays' front office.

Tinnish, who grew up in Nepean, Ont., was hired this week as vice-president of amateur and international scouting for the Atlanta Braves by Alex Anthopoulos, the Braves' new general manager and former GM of the Blue Jays. But Atlanta announced Friday that Tinnish had withdrawn his position, citing "personal family considerations."

"After deep consideration and despite a great opportunity from the Braves, I feel the best decision for me and my family is to remain in Toronto with the Blue Jays," Tinnish said in a statement released by the Braves.

Tinnish served as Toronto's assistant general manager since 2012. He first joined the Blue Jays in 2001, was promoted to assistant scouting director in 2006 and became the organization's director of amateur scouting in 2009.

Tinnish drafted some of Toronto's best young talent, including right-handers Aaron Sanchez (2010) and Marcus Stroman (2011).

"I know this was a difficult decision for Andrew, but it is one that he made with his family's best interests in mind," Anthopoulos said in the Braves' statement. "We wish Andrew and his family all the best in their future endeavours."

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