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Atlanta Braves Director of Player Development Kurt Kemp Steps Down

September 3rd, 2011 at 12:03 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Kurt Kemp, the Atlanta Braves director of player development, stepped down on Friday to pursue other baseball opportunities. Kemp began his Braves career as an area scout in 1998, a position he held for four years. He then spent five years as a cross-checker and has served as director of player development the last five years. 

Kurt Kemp has decided to step down as Director of Player Development to pursue other opportunities in baseball,” general manger Frank Wren said in a statement. “We wish Kurt and his family well.”

As the Braves farm director, Kemp was responsible for overseeing the minor league operations in the Braves system. His job, with assistance from other members of the organization, was to evaluate players and decide what position and pace will best help each player succeed. 

"Our evaluation of players is a day-to-day process," Kemp said in a chat with premium subscribers on TheAtlantaBaseballShow.com in 2006 shortly after his promotion to farm director. "We want to see them progress but realize all players don't improve or progress at the same rate. There are so many factors that go into the developmental process and we want to help the players along with that process."

While Kemp's future plans are unknown at this point, Mark Bowman from braves.com intimated that one of Kemp's closest friends is Roy Clark, former Braves scouting director and current assistant general manager of the Washington Nationals. 

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Frank Wren, Kurt Kemp, MLB, Roy Clark

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