Longtime friends John Schuerholz and John Hart, who run the Atlanta Braves now, are said to be at odds over things related to the team and currently having a tough time getting along, so there could be more upheaval in the organization.
Hart denies any issues.
“John and I are lifelong friends, and there is mutual baseball respect as well,” Hart said. “Nobody totally agrees on every player, staff member, etc. That’s just baseball.”
For many years the Braves were seen as a paragon of stability, but they are about to have their third GM in three years. So it’s imperative that Schuerholz and Hart, who’ve been best friends for years, post a united front.
People with ties to the team say they believe Schuerholz would love to bring in Dayton Moore, and have Moore, a longtime Braves executive before he went to Kansas City, groom Schuerholz’s son Jonathan, who runs the farm system for the Braves.
However, Moore has remained very loyal to the Royals-owning Glass family, and two years ago turned down a chance to interview to move to the Braves, where he presumably could have had the president job that went to Hart.
Hart’s contract is up, but word around the Braves has been that he intends to remain to see things through, certainly while they are figuring out how to replace GM John Coppolella, who resigned after the Braves received the findings of an MLB investigation into international rules violations.
Reports have suggested that Hart is likely to serve as the interim GM for the time being. But long-term, it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen.
The Braves acted quickly after receiving MLB’s findings. Publicly, it remains unclear exactly which alleged violation or violations were the issue, or whether it was the number of them. As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported, 15 teams are being investigated for signing prospects before they were eligible to be signed, so there presumably must have been something else.
Many say it remains “the Wild West” in the international markets. Coppolella will be a loss, as he gathered a great stash of prospects.