There was a bit of a front office shakeup in Atlanta on Thursday as longtime Braves executive John Schuerholz announced he is stepping down as team president.
The 75-year-old will now fill a role as vice chairman with front office execs Mike Plant and Derek Schiller taking on his president responsibilities.
Schuerholz is remaining with Atlanta after 25 years with the organization, but his role appears to be getting scaled back significantly. It marks an important shift for the Braves, who have enjoyed a lot of success under Shuerholz.
Schuerholz was instrumental in the Braves' long run of 14 division titles in 15 years from 1991 through 2005. He worked closely with manager Bobby Cox through those years to build one of the most consistent winners baseball has seen in recent history.
The Braves haven't made the playoffs since 2013, but Schuerholz has helped oversee a rebuilding period that looks close to bearing fruit. The Braves open a new stadium in 2017 and could be ready to return to playoff contention by then with a host of young building blocks like Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson.