John Schuerholz is stepping aside as general manager of the Atlanta Braves today to take over as team president.
He joined the organization as GM ahead of the 1991 season and the team began a record run of 14 straight division titles. But the Braves managed just one World Series title, beating the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 Fall Classic to give Atlanta its first, and only, major sports championship.
The Braves' postseason streak ended in 2005 with a losing season and third-place finish in the NL East. The Braves climbed back over .500 this year but once again finished third in the division and out of the playoffs.
Schuerholz, who turned 67 last week, was also serving as an executive vice president with the team. He remains second in command to chairman Terry McGuirk.
Assistant general manager Frank Wren, a former GM with the Baltimore Orioles, replaces Schuerholz as the one who oversees trades, free-agent signings and other roster decisions.
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