ATLANTA - Braves Vice-Chairman John Schuerholz is the ultimate team building, and he's headed to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this summer; however, it's not for anything he did on the field. Instead, it's for the teams that he was able to put together and for the unprecedented success that they had on the field.
Schuerholz took over as the Braves General Manager in the winter of 1990. The man who guided the Kansas City Royals to the World Series title just five years prior, was now in charge of it only a team that had just finished in last place, but also a team that had languished for the better part of the previous decade.
Schuerholz came to Atlanta with a plan of turning this franchise around, but not even the man himself could have imagined how quickly it happened.
Not only did the Braves go from worst-to-first, and all the way to game seven of the World Series again at the Minnesota Twins, but that started a run of excellence never before seen in professional sports. The Braves won their division for 14 straight seasons and the World Series title in 1995.
After 17 seasons as the GM, Schuerholz moved upstairs into the executive offices, but his imprint is and always will be on this franchise. And after more than a half century in baseball, he has no intention of walking away anytime soon.