John Schuerholz denies that John Hart declined the Braves GM job

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When there’s black smoke, the Braves general manager situation is unresolved. When there’s white smoke, we have a new Braves GM. Right now, more black smoke:

Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position.

“At best the article was not accurate with either the facts or the assumptions,” Schuerholz said in an email to the AJC on Wednesday in response to a question about the report, which cited unnamed sources.

That report was from Jeff Passan at Yahoo. Passan added in a tweet later that former Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd was also in the running for the job.

I love Jeff, and I think he’s a great reporter, but the Braves fan in me hopes he’s wrong about the O’Dowd thing, just as much as I hope he’s right about the Hart thing.

Bring me John Coppolella and a front office that is not run based on the collective memory of 1991-2003, please.