Ken Rosenthal reports that Braves interim GM John Hart has accepted an offer to take the top job permanently, and will soon be named Braves President of Baseball Operations.
The title is interesting. John Schuerholz has been team president for some time, but his responsibilities extend beyond baseball ops. The top purely baseball guy in Atlanta has, traditionally, been the GM. With Hart taking the President of Baseball Operations job, it implies that the Braves will now adopt the two-headed management style we’ve seen in Chicago and will soon see in Los Angeles, with a general manager below Hart, who will handle the day-to-day but who will still answer to, and will possibly be vetoed by, Hart.
Could that GM be John Coppolella, the current assistant GM? If it isn’t, one would have to assume another organization would want to poach him. If it is, one would assume that there is a grooming process going on here where the young Coppolella will eventually take over for the 66-year-old Hart.