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Pittsburgh native Tony La Cava named Blue Jays' interim GM

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Pittsburgh native Tony La Cava has been named interim GM of the Blue Jays in the wake of Alex Anthopoulos' departure. La Cava, 54, went to Central Catholic, and as Rob Biertempfel notes, he still has a home in Pittsburgh. He played in the Pirates organization, too -- they signed him as a free agent in 1983 and he played infield for two years in the low minors.

After La Cava's playing career ended, he did scouting and player development work with the Angels, Braves and Expos organizations before working with now-Jays president Mark Shapiro as a national crosschecker with the Indians in 2002. La Cava then became an assistant GM in Toronto. In 2007, he was a candidate for the Pirates GM job that ultimately went to Neal Huntington. (This article about Huntington's hire lists La Cava and Jack Zduriencik as the other top candidates. I have no idea how La Cava will do, but I shudder at the idea of Zduriencik becoming GM instead of Huntington. I'm sure it probably seemed like a good idea at the time, too, because Zduriencik helped build an up-and-coming Brewers team.) La Cava turned down the Orioles' GM job in 2011.

Anyway, congrats to La Cava -- it's great to see a local product making a name for himself. Here's hoping he can eventually get a permanent GM position, either with the Jays or elsewhere.