LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Atlanta Braves presumably hired Alex Anthopoulos because of his successes — the Josh Donaldson trade, international signings such as Roberto Osuna and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the AL East title that ended a 22-year playoff drought.

But as Anthopoulos embarks on his second GM job, he’s more inclined to think about his failures.

“There’s been a ton,” he said at the MLB GM Meetings Tuesday. “But I do think that’s where you get better. I dwell on them, but I’ve learned to handle them better now, and I want to learn from them.”

Among the more important lessons Anthopoulos has learned: In the aftermath of failure, don’t let boldness give way to timidity. Or, as Pat Gillick once put it to Anthopoulos: Don’t lose your nerve.

“It’s very important,” Anthopoulos said. “I remember Billy Beane telling me this, too. You’re going to trade great players, but at the end of the day you need to be active and you can’t have fear. You go through every GM — every successful GM — they’ve all made moves that they want to take back. You just need to get more right than wrong.”

Anthopoulos arrived late to the GM Meetings after his introductory press conference in Atlanta Monday, so it may well be a few weeks before he starts applying those lessons to the Braves roster. While other GMs are weeks into their off-season plans, Anthopoulos estimates that he has 300 unanswered text messages on his phone and didn’t get his official Braves email address until lunchtime Tuesday. A busy month awaits.

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Anthopoulos inherits an exceptionally strong core of prospects and some legitimate big-league talent (including at least one player he pursued as Toronto’s GM: “I think we asked about Freddie Freeman in Toronto”). That said, the Braves face questions in the bullpen and at third base following a 92-loss season that ended with the removal of executives John Coppolella and Gordon Blakeley amidst an MLB investigation into Atlanta’s international signing practices.

There’s still plenty of work ahead in Atlanta. While he familiarizes himself with his new surroundings, Anthopoulos intends to rely on the rest of the Braves’ front office, a group that includes longtime executive John Hart and former Blue Jays official Perry Minasian.

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Alex Anthopoulos hopes to bring nerve to Braves job: ‘You can’t have fear’

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