Longtime executive John Schuerholz steps down as Braves president

Longtime Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz is stepping down as team president, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Thursday.

The 75-year-old Schuerholz will transition into an advisory role as the Braves’ vice chairman, a position in which he is expected to serve as a consultant for president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella on personnel decisions.

Braves chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk offered a few more details with the AJC about the decision and Schuerholz’s role going forward:

"[Schuerholz] is very much a part of this decision," McGuirk said. "I intend … to be picking his brain on a continual basis going forward." Asked if the changes represent retirement for Schuerholz, McGuirk said: "Heck no." Schuerholz will continue to lead the Braves’ search for a new spring-training home in Florida, McGuirk said. The Braves are in serious talks with officials in Palm Beach County and Sarasota County and hope to reach a deal in the coming months for a facility to be built by spring 2018.

Schuerholz was hired as Braves general manager after the 1990 season and was promoted to president after the 2007 season. He was the architect of one of the most successful runs by any organization in major-league history. The Braves won 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005, winning the World Series in 1995 and four other NL pennants during that span.

Prior to joining the Braves, Schuerholz worked in the Kansas City Royals’ front office and was the general manager when they won the World Series in 1985.

The Braves will promote two people to replace Schuerholz: Derek Schiller to president of business and Mike Plant to president of development.