John Schuerholz (born on October 1, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland) is the President of the Atlanta Braves of the National League. Before joining Atlanta, he spent twenty-two years with the Kansas City Royals organization, including nine as the club's GM. Among the teams he has built are the 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves, both world champions. His teams have also won their division 15 times. He is considered the king of scouting credited with an amazing farm system. In 2006, Schuerholz published a book, Built To Win, which chronicled his tenure with the Braves and shed light on some of his most important moves as a GM. After the release of the book, Schuerholz and longtime Braves pitcher Tom Glavine feuded over what Glavine called "secrets" that were released in the book.
Schuerholz is a graduate of the Baltimore City College
and Towson University
. His generousity to the university has been rewarded with his name on the baseball facility
Promotion to President
On October 11, 2007, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Schuerholz would be resigning as the Atlanta Braves General Manager, but promoted to Club President. Top assistant Frank Wren
will be named as his replacement.
Schuerholz's son, Jonathan, was an Atlanta farmhand in the minor leagues from 2002–2007. Jonathan retired from baseball in August 2007 to go back to Auburn University
to complete his business degree. The younger Schuerholz finished his six year career in the minor leagues with a .223 batting average.
Schuerholz has sent many assistants to general manager positions around the league. The most recent is Dayton Moore
, the former Director of Scouting and assistant GM was hired by the Kansas City Royals
to replace Allard Baird