But the list of people who left the team during his tenure, and who are coming back now, just keeps getting longer:
In the latest of the rash of front office and scout personnel returning to Atlanta, California scout Tom Battista has left the Boston Red Sox and returned to the Braves’ organization as a crosschecker (essentially a scout who oversees other scouts and corroborates their reports in a particular geographical area), per ESPN’s Keith Law.
Law’s tweet alludes to two of Battista’s best signings, Tommy Hanson and Freddie Freeman, both of whom were discovered during Battista’s tenure as an amateur scout and crosschecker on the West Coast from 2004 until 2010. Other signings attributed to Battista during his time in Atlanta include Kris Medlen and current Arizona Fall League participant Aaron Northcraft.
Roy Clark is back too, of course, and he’s a bigger name, but this is starting to become kind of a pattern. Maybe Wren really was a tough person to get along with.