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03/21/2006 11:44 AM ET
Braves announce working agreement with Hanshin Tigers
Japanese organization to assist Braves in scouting efforts
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves announced today that they have reached a formalized working agreement with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese League.

"We are extremely pleased to announce this agreement," said Dayton Moore, Assistant General Manager/Baseball Operations. "We have great respect for the Hanshin organization and we are looking forward to developing a stronger working relationship with them."

Braves Eastern Rim Scouting Coordinator Phil Dale and International Scout Hiroyuki Oya have worked informally with the Tigers for several years in the talent evaluation of Japanese players.

"We have worked hard to develop our international scouting and Phil and Hiroyuki have had a good relationship with the Tigers for some time," Moore said. "This agreement will help us in building a strong and trusting partnership as we seek and exchange information that allows us to acquire talent from Japan."

The Atlanta Braves, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is Major League Baseball's winningest franchise since 1991. Since then, Braves teams have earned a record 14 consecutive division championships, five National League pennants and a World Series title. Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously-operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Atlanta Braves games are telecast nationally on TBS and regionally on Turner South and FSN South, with radio broadcasts heard in Atlanta on Braves Radio 640 WGST and 96 Rock and regionally on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.

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