John Schuerholz stepping aside as Braves president

John Schuerholz stepping aside as Braves president

John Schuerholz will step aside as team president of the Atlanta Braves, effective immediately, a role he has served in for the better part of a decade.

According to Braves chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk, John Schuerholz will now be the team’s vice chairman. John Schuerholz, 75, has spent 50 years in baseball front offices.

He was named the general manager of the Braves in 1990. In his 17 seasons in the role, the Braves won five pennants and the 1995 World Series.

He became team president in 2007.

McGuirk says the team will replace him with two men, Derek Schiller and Mike Plant. Schiller will be promoted to the president of business, while Plant will become the president of development.

It’s a significant time for the Atlanta organization as the team moves into a new stadium in Cobb County in 2017. This is the final season in Turner Field before moving into SunTrust Park.

John Schuerholz will continue to serve the Braves by providing consultation to both Schiller and Plant, as well as president of baseball operations John Hart. Hart will report to both John Schuerholz and McGuirk, while general manager John Coppollela’s role won’t change.

“The Atlanta Braves in 2007 were a much simpler organization,” McGuirk told the AJC. “In the last five years, as we have developed the new stadium, The Battery Atlanta (the planned mixed-use complex adjacent to SunTrust Park) and all of the business activities that go along with this, it’s gotten to be a very complicated machine.

“The symmetry of having three presidents of three different areas just shows how incredibly big and complicated our little organization has become.”