Schuerholz stepping aside as Braves GM; will become president

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ATLANTA (AP) -- John Schuerholz stepped aside as general manager
of the Atlanta Braves today to become team president after assembling teams that won a record 14 straight division titles and the 1995 World Series championship.

Schuerholz, who turned 67 last week, remains second in command to chairman Terry McGuirk. Assistant general manager Frank Wren, a former GM with the Baltimore Orioles, replaced Schuerholz as the executive as the one who oversees trades, free-agent signings and other roster decisions.

Schuerholz was baseball's longest-serving general manager with one team.

The Braves won 14 consecutive division titles from 1991 -- Schuerholz's first season in Atlanta -- until 2004. That streak is unprecedented in any of the major American sports. The only blemish
on the GM's resume was a lack of success once his teams got the playoffs.

Atlanta's only World Series title came 12 years ago, a six-game victory over the Cleveland Indians that gave the city its first, and still only, major sports championship.

Four other times during the streak, the Braves lost in the World Series. They also were the losing team in four National League championship series, and were eliminated four more times in the division series.

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