John Hart, who took over as the Atlanta Braves' interim manager last month, had no desire to become the Atlanta Braves' permanent general manager, but he did accept the position as the Braves' president of baseball operations on Thursday, the team announced.
Though Hart could effectively run the club in this role, there have been no indications whether he would do so or hire an actual GM. Hart previously won six American League Central Division titles from 1991-2000 with the Cleveland Indians and served as the Texas Rangers' GM from 2000-2002.
"I'm delighted that John Hart has agreed to accept the position of president, baseball operations," team president John Schuerholz said. "Our organization is now poised to move forward in the best possible manner to do the important work that lies ahead. John's credentials speak for themselves. He has had great success as a baseball executive and demonstrated remarkable ability to construct championship teams. We are excited by John's dynamic and positive leadership style and look forward to him leading our baseball operations."
Schuerholz canned former GM Frank Wren on Sept. 22, when the Braves were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Since Wren's dismissal, Hart, Schuerholz, and assistant GM John Coppolella have overhauled the Braves' scouting and player development departments.Read more... Join the Conversation...