Wren's firing a franchise first in Atlanta

It's not like this happens all the time. The Braves actually made a little history with their decision to fire Frank Wren.

The dismissal of general manager Frank Wren by the Braves is actually the first time the team has actually fired a GM since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966.

Two general managers – Paul Richards and John Mullen – were replaced but stayed with the organization for a time. Richards was replaced by his farm director, Eddie Robinson, in 1972 and was then a scout for the team for the rest of that season. Richards’ contract was not renewed after that same season.

Mullen was demoted to assistant general manager when Bobby Cox returned to the Braves from Toronto in October, 1985 to be the new GM. Mullen remained in that role until his death in March, 1991.

Cox was the GM and manager for half of the 1990 season, but when team president Stan Kasten asked Cox which role he wanted to keep moving forward, Cox wanted to remain in the dugout. So Kasten brought in John Schuerholz, who was the GM through the 2007 season.

One other GM, Eddie Robinson, moved on to another organization. Another (John Alevizos) quit after four months on the job. Bill Lucas, credit as the mastermind behind the great Braves teams of the early-1980s, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in May of 1979.

It may be semantics, but this is the first time a GM was fired and immediately left the organization.


FRANK WREN – From 2008 through 2014 – Fired September 22, 2014.

JOHN SCHUERHOLZ - From 1991 through 2007 – Promoted to team president in October, 2007.

BOBBY COX - From 1986 through 1990 – Took over as manager in June, 1990 and relinquished GM job at end of 1990 season.

JOHN MULLEN - From 1979 through 1985 – Replaced by Cox and remained with organization as assistant GM until his death in March, 1991.

BILL LUCAS - From 1976 through 1979 – Died May 5, 1979

JOHN ALEVIZOS - May 15 – September 15, 1976 – Had been a competitor to Ted Turner to buy the Braves but Turner promised him a job if he backed out. Quit after four months.

EDDIE ROBINSON - 1972-1976 – Left to go to Texas Rangers as Executive Vice President for owner Brad Corbett

PAUL RICHARDS - 1966-1972 – Was named “Super, Super Scout” by team owner Bill Bartholomay in early June, 1972 – contract not renewed after 1972 season

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