Braves' Director of Scouting Roy Clark has informed the San Francisco Giants he is not interested in becoming their Assistant General Manager and instead has signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Atlanta organization.
The Giants asked the Braves for permission on Wednesday to speak with Clark about being the right-hand man to General Manager Brian Sabean. The position would have been an office job, and Clark preferred to remain in the field as the Braves' Scouting Director.
"I am very happy to remain with the Braves and continue to fill up the farm system with prospects," Clark said Sunday night. "I'm looking forward to help make Frank Wren the best General Manager in baseball and to continue our great tradition."
If Clark had left it would have been a huge blow to the Braves. He became Scouting Director late in 1999 and has overseen the last eight drafts. Atlanta's farm system has developed a tremendous amount of talent for the entire decade.
Also, Paul Snyder has officially retired from the Braves' organization. Snyder served as the Director of Baseball Operations this past season after being coaxed out of semi-retirement. He spent 50 years in the Braves' organization as a player, minor league coach, and for many years was the Braves' Scouting Director.
Snyder is a member of the Braves' Hall of Fame and was crowned the 2006 King of Baseball by Minor League Baseball a year ago. His contributions to the organization are innumerable.
The Braves will not replace Snyder; instead Clark will continue in his role as being in charge of the scouts, while Kurt Kemp will remain as the Director of Player Development next year.
Hep Cronin, a longtime scout under Snyder, will step back and be a part-time scout in 2008. Cronin has been a National Cross checker for many years in the Braves' organization.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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