John Schuerholz

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John Schuerholz
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Schuerholz in 2010.
Born (1940-10-01) October 1, 1940 (age 74)
Baltimore, Maryland
Education Towson University
Occupation President, Atlanta Braves

John Schuerholz (/ˈʃɜrhɒlts/; born October 1, 1940) is the President of the Atlanta Braves of the National League. Before joining Atlanta, he spent twenty-two years with the Kansas City Royals organization, including nine (1982 to 1990) as the club's General Manager. Among the teams he has built are the 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves, both world champions. His teams have also won their division 15 times. He was the General Manager with the Atlanta Braves from 1990 to 2007. In 2007 he was promoted to the post of the President of the club.

Personal life[edit]

Schuerholz was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of the Baltimore City College High School, Towson University and Loyola University.[1] He donated $250,000 to Towson in 1999. This money was used to upgrade the school's baseball facility, which was named after Schuerholz.[2] Before his career in baseball, Schuerholz was a teacher at North Point Junior High in Baltimore.[1]

Schuerholz's son, Jonathan, was an Atlanta farmhand in the minor leagues from 2002–2007. Jonathan retired from baseball in August 2007 to go back to Auburn University to complete his business degree. The younger Schuerholz, who finished his six year career in the minor leagues with a .223 batting average,[3] was named manager of the Rome Braves (Atlanta's Class-A minor league affiliate) in 2014.[4][5] After the season, Jonathan was reassigned to the Braves front office to serve as an assistant player-development director.[6]

Career[edit]

The Baltimore Orioles hired Schuerholz in 1966 as a result of a letter Schuerholz wrote to team owner Jerold Hoffberger. Schuerholz worked under Frank Cashen, Harry Dalton, and Lou Gorman. In 1969, Major League Baseball expanded to Kansas City. Gorman and Schuerholz left for the Royals. Schuerholz was named general manager of the Royals during the 1981 offseason, and became the youngest general manager at the time. Schuerholz built a strong relationship with Royals owner Ewing Kauffman, but left the team as it began to struggle. He joined the Braves in 1990.[1] On October 11, 2007, Schuerholz resigned as the Atlanta Braves General Manager, but was promoted to Club President, replacing Terry McGuirk. Schuerholz's top assistant Frank Wren was named the general manager.[7]

Schuerholz has sent many assistants to general manager positions around the league. The most recent is Dayton Moore, the former Director of Scouting and assistant GM was hired by the Kansas City Royals to replace Allard Baird.

In 2006, Schuerholz published a book, Built To Win, which chronicled his tenure with the Braves and some of his most important moves as a GM.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Justice, Richard (December 1, 2014). "Schuerholz a baseball institution after almost 50 years". MLB.com. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ewell, Christian (July 14, 2000). "Schuerholz pays visit to `his' field at Towson". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Mark (August 12, 2007). "Young Schuerholz retires". MLB.com. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2014 Rome Braves Field Staff Announced". MILB.com. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hummer, Steve (July 11, 2014). "Jonathan Schuerholz: 'I want to be the next Bobby Cox'". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 16, 2014). "Braves announce Minor League coaching staffs". MLB.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Jon (October 11, 2007). "Schuerholz gives up Braves' GM job". MLB.com. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ McHenry, Justin (2006-03-27). "Book Review: Built to Win by John Schuerholz". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joe Burke
Kansas City Royals General Manager
1981 - 1990
Succeeded by
Herk Robinson
Preceded by
Bobby Cox
Atlanta Braves General Manager
1990 - 2007
Succeeded by
Frank Wren
Preceded by
Terry McGuirk
Atlanta Braves President
2007-present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Dallas Green
Sporting News Major League Baseball Executive of the Year
1985
Succeeded by
Frank Cashen