Schuerholz Signed To Extension

<B>John Schuerholz</B>, the longest-tenured current general manager in the major leagues will continue to guide the Atlanta Braves for at least the next two seasons. The Braves signed Schuerholz to a one-year contract extension on Tuesday with an option for 2006.

That Atlanta Braves today extended the contract of Executive Vice President and General Manager John Schuerholz. The move was was announced today by Terry McGuirk, Braves chairman and president. Schuerholz, the longest-tenured current general manager in the major leagues will continue with the franchise in his current role through the 2005 season, with an option for 2006 and an ongoing role as senior adviser to the organization if and when he decides to step back from general manager duties.

"I am delighted that John will extend his leadership of the Braves for the foreseeable future," said McGuirk. "There is no more respected executive in baseball today, as much for his integrity, intellect and personal style as for his consistent winning record. But John's influence extends far beyond the Braves clubhouse, deep into Turner Broadcasting, the larger business community and philanthropic and service organizations in Atlanta and across the country. The Braves organization is fortunate to have the dean of general managers at the helm of baseball operations and player personnel, and I couldn't be happier that my longtime colleague and friend will remain alongside me in the front office."

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to continue the unprecedented level of success we've enjoyed as an organization," said Schuerholz. "I'm energized by the continuing challenge, and will give every ounce of effort and ability to extend our winning ways well into the future."

A native of Baltimore, Schuerholz left a job as a junior high school teacher to join the Orioles in 1966. He moved to Kansas City two years later and, as an Administrative Assistant, was involved in the expansion draft that created the first-ever Royals roster. In 1970 he was named Assistant Farm Director and in 1975 became Farm Director. He was promoted to Director of Player Procurement and Development in 1976 and Vice President - Player Personnel in 1979. In October of 1981, at the age of 41, the Royals named him Executive Vice President and General Manager.

During Schuerholz's tenure with Kansas City, the Royals won one World Championship, two American League pennants (1980 and 1985) and six divisional crowns (1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984 and 1985).

When the Braves won the 1995 World Series, Schuerholz achieved a unique distinction - he became the first executive to be General Manager of World Championship teams in both the National and American leagues. Since he was named General Manager of the Royals in 1981, his teams have more wins (1,709) than those of any other active general manager in the major leagues.

Furthermore, during Schuerholz's career with Baltimore, Kansas City and Atlanta, he has been associated with three world champions (1966, 1985, 1995), eight pennant winners and 16 divisional crowns.

Schuerholz, a 1962 graduate of Towson University, currently serves on the school's Board of Visitors. Schuerholz is also active in YES! Atlanta, a program for disadvantaged youth and Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for kids with cancer. He and his wife, Karen, have a daughter, Gina, and a son, Jonathan - a prospect in the Braves farm system.

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