John Schuerholz

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John Schuerholz
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Schuerholz in 2010.
General manager, President
Born: (1940-10-01) October 1, 1940 (age 76)
Baltimore, Maryland
Teams

As general manager

As president

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Inducted 2017
Vote 100% (16 of 16)
Election Method Today's Game Committee[1]

John Boland Schuerholz Jr. (/ˈʃɜːrhɒlts/; born October 1, 1940) is an American baseball front office executive. He was the general manager of Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves from 1990 to 2007, and then served as the Braves President for a decade from 2007 until 2016. 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 built are the 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves, both World Series champions. His teams have also won their division 16 times, including 14 consecutive times in Atlanta. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Schuerholz was born in Baltimore, the son of John Schuerholz Sr., who played in the Philadelphia Athletics minor league system from 1937 to 1940.[2][3] He is a graduate of the Baltimore City College High School, Towson University and Loyola University.[4] While at Towson, Schuerholz applied for officer candidate school and was rejected, as he was partially deaf.[5] Before his career in baseball, Schuerholz was a teacher at North Point Junior High in Baltimore.[4] Upon leaving his teaching job, he was drafted by the United States Army to serve in the Vietnam War. After entering Major League Baseball with the Baltimore Orioles, Schuerholz joined the United States Army Reserve.[5]

He donated $250,000 to Towson in 1999. This money was used to upgrade the school's baseball facility, which was named after Schuerholz.[6]

Schuerholz's son, Jonathan, was selected by Atlanta in the eighth round of the 2002 MLB draft[7] and played in the minor leagues until 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,[8] was named manager of the Rome Braves (Atlanta's Class-A minor league affiliate) in 2014.[9][10] After the season, Jonathan was reassigned to the Braves front office to serve as an assistant player-development director.[11]

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 Major League Baseball's 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, succeeding Bobby Cox who returned to the dugout to manage the team.[4] The duo of Schuerholz and Cox produced an unprecedented run of success for the franchise, highlighted by the 1995 World Series Championship. 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.[12] When Schuerholz stepped down as club president in March 2016, his duties were split between Derek Schiller, as president of business, and Mike Plant, as president of development.[13][14]

Schuerholz has sent many assistants to general manager positions around the league, including Wren and Braves current GM John Coppolella. Dayton Moore, the Braves' former Director of Scouting and assistant GM under Schuerholz, has been GM of the Kansas City Royals since 2006, when he replaced Allard Baird.[15]

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.[16] Included in his book is a trade the Braves almost made with the Pirates in 1992. Had the deal gone through the Braves would have sent pitcher Alejandro Pena and outfielder Keith Mitchell to the Pirates in exchange for Barry Bonds.[17]

On December 4, 2016, Schuerholz was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in the Class of 2017.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Schuerholz, Bud Selig Elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame by Today's Game Committee" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy (January 27, 2017). "Hall in Schuerholz's future, but also glimpse into his past". MLB.com. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ Stark, Jayson (January 29, 2017). "The Hall of Fame through a Hall of Famer's eyes". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Justice, Richard (December 1, 2014). "Schuerholz a baseball institution after almost 50 years". MLB.com. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Bowman, Mark (July 3, 2016). "Braves embrace chance to visit with troops". MLB.com. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ Ewell, Christian (July 14, 2000). "Schuerholz pays visit to `his' field at Towson". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "What's it like being John Schuerholz's son?". Savannah Morning News. August 10, 2003. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ Bowman, Mark (August 12, 2007). "Young Schuerholz retires". MLB.com. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2014 Rome Braves Field Staff Announced". MILB.com. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hummer, Steve (July 11, 2014). "Jonathan Schuerholz: 'I want to be the next Bobby Cox'". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 16, 2014). "Braves announce Minor League coaching staffs". MLB.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ Cooper, Jon (October 11, 2007). "Schuerholz gives up Braves' GM job". MLB.com. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bahr, Chris (January 30, 2017). "Longtime executive John Schuerholz steps down as Braves president". Fox Sports. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  14. ^ Tucker, Tim (March 31, 2016). "Schuerholz stepping aside as Braves president". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  15. ^ http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/royals/2006-05-31-baird-fired_x.htm
  16. ^ McHenry, Justin (2006-03-27). "Book Review: Built to Win by John Schuerholz". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  17. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/11/sports/baseball/before-balco-bonds-was-almost-a-brave.html?_r=0
  18. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 4, 2016). "Schuerholz unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame". MLB.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joe Burke
Kansas City Royals General Manager
19811990
Succeeded by
Herk Robinson
Preceded by
Bobby Cox
Atlanta Braves General Manager
19902007
Succeeded by
Frank Wren
Preceded by
Terry McGuirk
Atlanta Braves President
2007–2016
Succeeded by
Derek Schiller
Mike Plant
Awards
Preceded by
Dallas Green
Sporting News Major League Baseball Executive of the Year
1985
Succeeded by
Frank Cashen