End of an era: Schuerholz steps down as GM

Here’s the article I posted earlier today. The news speaks for itself, while the change comes completely by surprise. I’ll be working on a podcast and discussing the transition to go up tomorrow with former Braves second baseman and Braves Radio Network analyst Mark Lemke.

Till then, enjoy the article and throw some comments in.


Here you go……………………………………………………..

Schuerholz becomes Braves team president, Wren to GM
ATLANTA — After spending the last 17 years building baseball’s winningest club, reports indicate that general manager John Schuerholz will in fact step down as GM and become the club’s president. The Braves are expected to announce assistant GM Frank Wren as Schuerholz’ successor.

While the official announcement is expected to be made at a press conference from Turner Field at 3:30 PM, various sources have indicated that the move has been made. An announcement is also expected regarding current team president Terry McGuirk at that time.

Schuerholz, 67, previously served as GM of the Kansas City Royals and came to Atlanta following the 1990 season. Re-vamped with a mix of veterans and homegrown talent, the Braves enjoyed instant success in 1991 and went on a run of 14-consecutive Divisional titles, capped by a World Series Championship in 1995.

The Braves have failed to make the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, but own a record of  1,594-1,092 under the guidance of Schuerholz. It was announced last week that manager Bobby Cox would return for the 2008 season.

Atlanta is expeceted to name Wren, 49, as the team’s general manager on Thursday afternoon. Wren was previously the GM for the Baltimore Orioles in 1999 and has served for seven seasons with the Braves as a top assistant to Schuerholz.

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