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Braves reward Schuerholz with extension

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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Tuesday signed general manager John Schuerholz to a contract extension. The deal will keep him in Atlanta through the 2005 season, with a club option for 2006 and an open-ended role as a senior adviser after that. The 63-year-old Schuerholz has spent the past 13 seasons as ' general manager, which is the longest tenure of any current major league GM.

"I am delighted that John will extend his leadership of the for the foreseeable future," said chairman and president Terence F. McGuirk. "There is no more respected executive in baseball today, as much for his integrity, intellect and personal style as for his consistent winning record."

Since he took over, Atlanta has the best record in the major leagues (1,254-793) and has captured 12 consecutive division championships, the longest streak in the history of North American professional sports.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to continue the unprecedented level of success we've enjoyed as an organization," said Schuerholz. "I'm energized by the continuing challenge, and will give every ounce of effort and ability to extend our winning ways well into the future."

However, despite all the success the have enjoyed, which also includes five National League pennants, the club has won only one World Series when it beat Cleveland in 1995.

Schuerholz became the first general manger to win world championships in both leagues after his Kansas City won the title in 1985. He became the ' GM in 1981 where he served until 1990.

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