Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Atlanta Braves have offered to make John Hart their permanent general manager. But there’s a hitch: it would be a short-term gig:
Were Hart to accept the job, it’s likely he would groom assistant GM John Coppolella … It’s conceivable Coppolella could be elevated to the job now, too, though Atlanta could widen its search were Hart to turn it down. Hart had a similar situation in Texas, where he left the job in the hands of then-28-year-old Jon Daniels.
This makes little sense to me. Most people in the game consider Coppolella to be ready for the gig. He’s far less green than any number of other young successful GMs in the game. If this were a situation where the Braves needed to totally clean house and needed Hart or someone to be a hatchet man for a while, great, but that’s not the case. And there’s certainly no reason why Hart can’t be the same sort of advisor to Coppollella from the sidelines as a special assistant or whatever than he could be as the actual GM.
Take the the training wheels off, guys. Give the job to Coppolella before someone else steals him out from under you.