Braves bolster their front office ranks

Braves bolster their front office ranks

ATLANTA -- Braves general manager Frank Wren is looking forward to the opportunity to benefit from the experience and knowledge that former Major League manager Lee Elia and highly-regarded scout Bob Johnson will now provide his organization.

The Braves announced on Friday that Johnson has been hired to serve as a special assistant to the general manager and that Elia will serve as a Major League and Minor League instructor. As reported earlier this week, the club has also hired former Orioles manager Dave Trembley to serve as their Minor League field coordinator.

Johnson will primarily serve as one of the Braves' advance scouts. This is a role he has previously held with the Mets (2007-10), Rangers (2005-06) and A's (1997-2004).

Recognized as an opinionated personality with a wealth of knowledge and solid relationships throughout the league, the 63-year-old Johnson has become well respected among his peers. An American League scout recently described him as "the best in the business."

Elia has spent most of the past four decades serving as a Minor League manager and both scout and manager at the Major League level. The 73-year-old citizen of Philadelphia was most recently employed by the Dodgers as a special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti.

During a long career that dates back to when he signed with the Phillies in 1958, Elia has served as a coach for the Phillies, Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, Orioles and Mariners. He experienced short managerial stints with the Cubs (1982-83) and Phillies (1987-88).

Trembley served as the Orioles' manager over a four-year span that ended with his dismissal in June. During a 21-season stint as a Minor League manager, he won two titles and was named Manager of the Year in three different leagues. In 2001 Baseball America named him one of the top five managers of the previous 20 years.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.