Schuerholz Stepping Aside After 17 Years as Braves General Manager

ATLANTA (AP) - John Schuerholz is resigning as general manager of the Atlanta Braves but is expected to remain with the team in another capacity.

The 67-year-old Schuerholz is credited with assembling teams that won a record 14 straight division titles and the 1995 World Series championship.

The team has no comment other than to schedule an afternoon news conference for a "major announcement." Schuerholz is baseball's longest-serving general manager with one team.

A baseball person familiar with the decision said Schuerholz is quitting after 17 years as the Braves' GM but will remain in a senior position, perhaps as president.

Schuerholz is also an executive vice president with the team, second in command to chairman and current president Terry McGuirk.

Assistant general manager Frank Wren, a former GM with the Baltimore Orioles, is the most likely candidate to replace Schuerholz as the one who oversees trades, free-agent signings and other roster decisions.

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