No question, John Schuerholz was the best GM in Braves history. But as a president, his record was poor.
He’s every bit as responsible as Frank Wren for the franchise’s drift to irrelevance. JS hired Wren, after all. And eight months before firing him, JS extended Wren’s contract, saying he had done a “wonderful job.”
Fredi’s appointment also came on JS’ watch. And he seemed quite comfortable being the “company man,” robbing the Braves of any individuality as they transitioned into a faceless corporate holding with a ballpark experience heavy on distractions and vanilla-flavored corn pone but low in customer service.
Expect more of the same with the promotions of Derek Schiller and Mike Plant, who in 2015 said “it takes me about five more minutes to get to the site in Cobb than to get to Turner Field from south Atlanta.” By helicopter, perhaps.
Plant also recommended people ride their bikes to the new stadium, a death wish if ever there was one.