Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A real winner

Now one can look many many places for the reason the Braves consistently win, and there of course is no one reason but a main reason sits behind the scenes. In 1991 Bobby Cox stepped down as general manager of the Atlanta Braves to focus in his job as manager. And when he did the Braves went out and got John Schuerholz from the Kansas City Royals. The Royals had just won a World Series and he took on the Braves and Ted Turner's big wallet and he bought a really good team. But now with Turner trying to sell and big names like Maddux, Glavine, Furcal and Mazzone gone Schuerholz has had to depend on the farm system and making smart trades. Jeff Gordon, a special correspondent for FOXSports, named Schuerholz the number one executive in professional sports.

This season Schuerholz he lost Mazzone and Furcal but he went out and got Edgar Renteria and Roger McDowell as well as rising stars Brian McCann, Kelly Johnson and Jeff Francoeur. And with talks of the Braves being sold getting louder everyday what Schuerholz is accomplishing gets more impressive every year.

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