Schuerholz Steps Up to Braves' President

ATLANTA (AP) _ John Schuerholz stepped aside as general manager
of the Atlanta Braves Thursday to become team president after
assembling teams that won a record 14 straight division titles and
the 1995 World Series championship.
Schuerholz, who turned 67 last week, remains second in command
to chairman Terry McGuirk. Assistant general manager Frank Wren, a
former GM with the Baltimore Orioles, replaces Schuerholz as the
executive as the one who oversees trades, free-agent signings and
other roster decisions.
Schuerholz was baseball's longest-serving general manager with
one team.
The Braves won 14 consecutive division titles from 1991 --
Schuerholz's first season in Atlanta -- until 2004. That streak is
unprecedented in any of the major American sports. The only blemish
on the GM's resume was a lack of success once his teams got the
playoffs.
During a news conference at Turner Field, Schuerholz said he
will miss making decisions on player matters. He said that while he
will be available to Wren for advice, he will not be looking over
his shoulder. Schuerholz will be involved mainly in the business
side of the franchise.
Wren said he and Schuerholz have differenct styles but their
philosophies are similar. He said the Braves will keep doing things
pretty much the same because that has been working well.
The 49-year-old Wren said he was surprised when Schuerholz told
him this week that he was leaving the GM job. Wren turned down an
offer to become Pittsburgh's general manager a few years ago and
didn't pursue a couple of other GM opportunities because he was
hoping for a chance to succeed Schuerholz in Atlanta.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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