Braves' John Schuerholz on Baseball Hall of Fame committee ballot

BY foxsports • October 3, 2016

Another piece of the Braves' run of dominance in the 1990s and early 2000s took a step closer to baseball immortality.

John Schuerholz, the former general manager and current vice chairman of the Braves, was named to the Game Era ballot Monday. It will be voted upon Dec. 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Schuerholz was joined by Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Mark McGwire, Lou Piniella, Bud Selig and George Steinbrenner.

Any candidate receiving votes on 75-percent of the 16-member Today's Game Era Committee will be part of the July 30, 2017 induction ceremony, along with any candidate who make it form the Baseball Writers Association of America election, which takes place Jan. 18.

Schuerholz laid the groundwork for the Royals 1985 World Series team as farm director and general manager before moving on to Atlanta prior to the 1991 season.

In his first year, the Braves won a division title, then followed it with 13 more, including a World Series title in 1995, making him the first GM to win titles in both the American and National Leagues.

Schuerholz already has company in Cooperstown from this era of Braves baseball, with pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz and manager Bobby Cox. Chipper Jones is expected to join them in 2018 when he make his first appearance on the ballot, and Andruw Jones is also eligible that year.

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